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.
District 8, in conjunction with the Region 6E, Region 6W and Region 8 development commissions, established the Southwest Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership to facilitate public involvement in the selection of federal transportation fund investments for the 12 counties in District 8. ATP-8 is comprised of 15 voting members that serve to formally review and recommend a draft list of projects to receive federal funding. This list is submitted to the District 8 engineer.
Schedule of activities
- November — December: solicit projects for the incoming year (fourth year) of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
- January — February: evaluate and prioritize projects
- March: develop ATIP; public review and comment on ATIP
- April: ATP approves ATIP; submit approved ATP to MnDOT Central Office
- June: draft STIP, review and comment
- July: STIP approval by MnDOT Commissioner
More information on ATP 8 is available at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/atp/index.html
Toward Zero Deaths (TZD)
Toward Zero Deaths 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 8’s geographical area includes counties in both the Southwestern and South Central TZD regional partnerships.
Additional information on TZD is available at: http://www.minnesotatzd.org