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Area Transportation Partnerships

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, 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 supporting MnDOT District 3’s investment process covers 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 involving two Regional Development Commissions, the St. Cloud Area Planning Organization, and the Region 7W Transportation Policy Board.  These organizations are responsible for reviewing MnDOT District 3’s proposed four-year trunk highway construction program and recommending a list of local transportation priorities for federal funding to the ATP for consideration in the STIP.


  • 2 MnDOT representatives
  • 4 RDC representatives
  • 2 Region 7W representatives
  • 2 MPO representatives
  • 2 County Engineer representatives
  • 2 City Engineer representatives
  • 2 Tribal representatives
  • 2 Transit representatives

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

Visit the Central Minnesota ATP site.