Policy, planning and essential services
Our governing body – the 17-member Metropolitan Council – plays a key convening role, bringing together communities to develop policies and a shared vision and direction for the region.
Our Thrive MSP 2040 initiative engaged residents to create a shared vision for the region and maximize opportunities for growth and prosperity.
Our regional planning initiatives encompass community planning, housing, parks, transportation, and wastewater and water services.
Recent studies are examining best ways for the Council to help boost the Twin Cities economic strength for the future.
The Council’s essential services enhance the region’s quality of life and economic competitiveness. We:
Operate Metro Transit, serving 84.5 million bus and rail passengers in 2014 with award-winning, energy-efficient fleets. Our strategic investments support a growing network of bus and rail transitways, and transit-oriented development.
Collect and treat wastewater at rates 40% lower than peer regions, while winning national awards for excellence.
Work to ensure adequate clean water for the future, through our water supply planning and lake and river monitoring programs.
Plan for future growth in partnership with communities and the public.
Plan, acquire and develop a world-class regional parks and trails system.
Provide affordable housing for qualifying low-income residents.
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