Motorization Trends In Minnesota

The analysis of motorization trends in the state of Minnesota is important because it reveals changes in driver behavior that impact transportation planning and funding across the state. Changes in traveling habits have implications for transportation revenue streams in Minnesota, particularly for roadway infrastructure investment. This report presents an analysis of motorization and highway and roads funding trends in Minnesota between 1980 and 2016. Key motorization patterns include the number of registered vehicles, vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and fuel consumption. In addition, this report analyses the evolution of roadway revenues and expenses at the federal, state, and local levels. The analysis in this report includes an overview of the general trends for the state as well as an overview of the changes by county. Data for the analysis come from the Minnesota Transportation Finance Database. The report has several interesting findings about motorization in Minnesota. For instance, the number of registered vehicles has continually increased since 1980, although it has slowed since the 2000s. Over the same period of time, distance travelled, measured by VMT, and fuel consumption increased, although their per capita measures have been decreasing. Overall, Minnesota’s trends are consistent with the national pattern. The persistence of these trends in the future will have consequences in future roadway funding. In particular, fuel consumption and its long term declines due to increases in fuel efficiency standards could cause continuous revenue reductions unless the state roadway funding structure is adjusted.

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    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Institute for Urban & Regional Infrastructure Finance
    Minneapolis, MN  United States 

    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness Program
    Minneapolis, MN  United States 

    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Center for Transportation Studies, 511 Washington Avenue, SE
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455
  • Authors:
    • Zhao, Jerry
    • Lari, Adeel
    • Fonseca, Camila
    • Bean, Nate
  • Publication Date: 2019-2


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 25p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01695843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TPEC-MTFD-R1-2019
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2019 4:05PM