Mobile Tour - Mankato Transit System: Successful Partnerships = Successful Transit

APA Minnesota Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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The Mankato Transit System has seen an increase of over 100% in ridership since 2011. Ride the bus with us to visit Mankato State University to hear about the creation of the Green Transportation bus fee and its successful partnership with Mankato Transit. We will then tour the new state of the art Mankato Transit facility and hear the steps taken to construct the facility including partnerships between the City of Mankato, Federal Transit Administration and MnDOT Office of Transit.

Participants of this tour will learn about the multiple, and changing, conditions that influence day to day management along with successfully meeting expanding demand. Attendees will learn about:

1. The advantages of partnering with a university to help fund and expand transit service.
2. The federal and state funding process, grant management and best practices for facility design/construction.
3. Local and regional transit system integration.

Learning Objectives include:
1. Understand transit funding strategies for operations, capital and technical expertise.
2. How to identify partnerships and funding sources.
3.  Understand who, and what, is involved in pre-design through construction of a transit facility.


Dave Cowen

David Cowan has worked for Minnesota State Mankato since 1970, serving in various capacities in Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, Budget, Systems and Planning, and Facilities Management. One of his departments is Parking & Transportation, which he has championed and managed since 1987. In 2012 he worked with student leaders to ... Read More

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is the Transit Superintendent for the Greater Mankato Transit System. Mark performs administrative management of the public transit system which is operated through the City of Mankato and includes fixed route and complementary paratransit bus service. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Read More

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