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Area Transportation Partnerships (ATP)

Over two decades ago, MnDOT created Area Transportation Partnerships in response to changes in federal law that increased state flexibility and the need for public involvement in transportation planning and program decision-making. Each district established an ATPs specifically to facilitate broader input in the federal project selection process for the developing 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 Eight County Metro Area Transportation Partnership was organized to prioritize federal and state-funded transportation investments within the eight-county Metro District. The ATP emphasizes planning as a basis for transportation investment decisions and values the meaningful involvement of transportation stakeholders. The Eight County Metro ATP uses a combination of three processes to set priorities: the long-standing Twin Cities seven-county Metropolitan Planning Organization process, the MnDOT Metro Program Committee process and the Metro / Region 7E Integrating Committee process (which includes Chisago County).

The Metro District compiles all project data resulting from these three processes and submits tables including all projects in the seven- county area to the Metropolitan Council / Transportation Advisory Board for review and adoption as the MPO Transportation Improvement Program. Metro submits project lists for all eight counties to the MnDOT Office of Capital Programs and Performance Measures for inclusion in the state TIP.

Schedule of activities

  • January – March: Compile project lists from ATP process
  • April: Draft TIP submitted to Metropolitan Council
  • April: Draft ATIP submitted to MnDOT
  • April – June: Public Comment Period
  • June/July: Public Hearing
  • August/September: Final TIP adopted
  • August/September: MnDOT approves TIP
  • October/November: FHWA / FTA makes finding and accepts funding

Planning studies

MnPASS Project Development

I-35E MnPASS Project

This project is currently under construction. It will add a MnPASS lane in each direction on I-35E between Little Canada Road and the new Cayuga St. interchange. Project completion and MnPASS opening is anticipated Nov. 2015. More information.

I-35W/I-94/Lake St. Transit Station/MnPASS Extension Project

This project includes the extension of the southbound I-35W MnPASS lane (42nd St. - 26th Street) in Mpls., as well as the conversion of the Priced Dynamic Shoulder Lane on I-35W to a typical MnPASS lane. Components of the project are in various stages of planning and engineering, and construction is anticipated in 2017. More information.

I-35W North MnPASS Project

MnDOT recently completed a managed lanes study on I-35W between downtown Minneapolis and TH 97 in Columbus/Forest Lake. The study recommended implementation phases for adding MnPASS lanes in the corridor - the first of which between TH 36 and Lexington Ave. have entered the environmental and pre-design process. MnDOT will commence the EA and Preliminary Design Process for the first phase of the I-35W North MnPASS Project. The first phase will be from TH 36, north to CR 95 (Lexington Avenue). Construction on the segment between TH 36 and TH 10 is anticipated to begin by 2022 or preferably earlier if funding becomes available.

I-94/280 Managed Lanes Concept Development Study

This study is developing and evaluating concepts for adding a MnPASS lane in each direction on I-94 between Mpls. and St. Paul, as well as direct connections into each central business district. The study is expected to be complete late spring/early summer 2014. Funding is identified for this project in the 2020-21 timeframe.

TH 77 Managed Lane & Cedar Grove Access Engineering Study

This preliminary engineering study is essentially complete. The study recommended adding a northbound MnPASS lane between 138th St. in Apple Valley and Old Shakopee Rd. in Bloomington. However, the study concluded that the benefits of the MnPASS lane cannot be fully achieved without improvements to manage or reduce congestion along westbound I-494 between TH 77 and I-35W. More information.

I-35E MnPASS Extension Study

MnDOT received a Federal Value Pricing Pilot Program Grant to study the feasibility of extending MnPASS Express Lanes on I-35E. The study which began in 2013 is developing and evaluating conceptual options for extending MnPASS on I-35E between Little Canada Road and County Road 96. The study is also identifying and evaluating methods for improving bus transit and carpool use in the MnPASS lanes on I-35E. Preliminary results from the study will be available in spring 2014, and the study will be complete by the end of 2014. The results of the study will be used by MnDOT and the Metropolitan Council to assist in project planning and development, and enable future funding and construction opportunities on the corridor. More information.

TH 36 EB (I-35W – I-35E) Project Scoping

The addition of an eastbound MnPASS lane on TH 36 between I-35W and I-35E is beginning to be scoped for potential construction in 2019.

Studies under consideration

MnPASS managed lane studies are currently under discussion on:

  • I-494 (MSP Airport – West to a location TBD)
  • TH 169 (I-394 – Shakopee)

Other studies on TPP designated MnPASS corridors

I-94 Gateway Corridor EIS Scoping

A recent Alternative Analysis evaluated several transit alternatives on I-94 between St. Paul and Wisconsin for Federal New Starts transit funding. The recommendation from the study includes BRT and LRT alternatives along the Hudson Rd. route (north of I-94 between St. Paul and Manning Ave.). The recommendation does not include the managed lane BRT alternative that was evaluated. More information.

Other MnPASS Studies

Current Studies

  • I-394 & I-35W MnPASS Access Control Study - This study is evaluating access control issues on the existing MnPASS Express Lanes. The final report is anticipated spring 2014.
  • MnPASS Modeling and Pricing Algorithm Enhancement Study - This study is evaluating enhancements to the MnPASS pricing algorithm. The final report is anticipated summer 2014.
  • MnPASS Enforcement Enhancement Study - This study is developing and testing new technologies to assist with MnPASS enforcement. The final report is anticipated spring 2015.

Past Studies

See past MnPASS studies

  • MnPASS System Study II
  • Metropolitan Highway System Investment Study
  • MnPASS System Study
  • I-394 Phase II MnPASS Study