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New MnDOT chief good for transit


This week, Governor Mark Dayton announced that Charlie Zelle will take over in January as the head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Zelle is the CEO of Jefferson Lines, an inter-city bus company. He also is chair of the board of the Minneapolis area Chamber of Commerce.

"Charlie Zelle understands that transit is essential to creating jobs in Minnesota and making sure people can get to work affordably," said Barb Thoman, executive director of Transit for Livable Communities. "As commissioner of MnDOT, Zelle will be working with a very talented and dedicated staff. We hope he will ensure that MnDOT is a partner in building out the transit system, accelerate the implementation of Complete Streets policy throughout the state, and focus on keeping our roads in good repair. He understands the links between urban, suburban and rural communities--and how our economic health depends on being connected."

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I am cautiously optimistic. Changing the culture in a public works or transportation department is an epic task...

Charlie Zelle.... as the head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.Great news!Best luck to Charlie Zelle..hope he performs his duty and respensibility well!

I didn't heard this announcement that Charlie Zelle will take over in January as the head of the Minnesota Department of Transportation...Congrats to Charlie..

The decision must have been taken after prudent thoughts. Looking at the prospects in store the decision looks worthwhile.

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