Area Transportation Partnerships (ATP)
MnDOT created Area Transportation Partnerships over two decades ago in response to changes in federal law that increased state flexibility and the need for public involvement in transportation planning and program decision-making. ATPs were established by each district specifically to facilitate broader input to the federal project selection process for the development of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is a four-year program of state and local projects with federal highway and transit funding, as well as 100% state project funding. There are eight ATPs statewide.
The central Minnesota ATP includes Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright counties.
The central Minnesota ATP employs a decentralized approach in developing its ATIP by seeking the active participation of two Regional Development Commissions and the St. Cloud Area Planning Organization. A special policy board, supported by a transportation advisory committee, assumes the roles of these agencies in former Region 7W.
ATP membership consists of 18 voting and six non-voting members and is comprised of individuals representing counties, cities, regional planning agencies, tribal nations, transit, MnDOT and other transportation interests.
Schedule of activities
- September — January: Solicit projects for year four of the STIP.
- January — February: develop regional lists.
- March — April: integrate regional lists and develop draft ATIP.
- May — June: public review and comment.
- June: submit ATIP final draft to MnDOT Central Office.
- July — August: final STIP prepared and approved by commissioner.
- August— October: federal transportation agency review and approval of STIP.
Additional information is available at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/atp/index.html
Toward Zero Deaths (TZD)
Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is a multi-agency partnership led by the Minnesota Departments of Transportation, Public Safety and Health in cooperation with the FHWA, Minnesota county engineers, the Center for Transportation Studies and other traffic safety organizations. It provides an integrated approach to the application of education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical and trauma services. The goal is to raise awareness of traffic safety issues and to develop tools that can be used to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from traffic crashes in Minnesota.
District 3 has recently hired a TZD Regional Coordinator for Central Minnesota to assist in promoting the program.