A Blaine resident is the new citizen representative on the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board.
The Minnesota Legislature formed TAB in 1974. This 33-member board includes elected officials, government staff and citizens. There are eight citizen spots on this board, which is tasked with transportation planning for the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Sam Villella said seeing the deterioration of 105th Avenue in front of the National Sports Center and wondering why nothing was getting done led him to apply to be on TAB once he saw there was an opening for a resident to serve in District E, which represents the north metro.
And while he rarely uses transit other than Northstar on occasion to go to Target Field, he drives an all-electric vehicle and is passionate about transportation.
“As I explored what they do I was impressed. I didn’t realize that TAB includes everything from airplanes, to trains, to walking trails to rail to roads. I didn’t realize how far-reaching it was,” he said.
Villella interviewed for the opening and was chosen by the current TAB members. He was appointed Jan. 11 and attended his first meeting as a TAB member on Jan. 18.