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Metro District Overview

Enhancing Financial Effectiveness

MnDOT is focused on stretching tax payer dollars while continuing to deliver effective and highly valued products, services and programs. Today we are using technology, partnerships, performance-based design, contracting methods, etc. to reduce costs, save time and limit impacts to travelers, shippers and businesses in order to deliver efficient and reliable multimodal transportation. A strategic priority, financial effectiveness is demonstrated by the following programs, among others, at MnDOT Metro District.

Active Traffic Management

Active Traffic Management applications smooth the effects of congestion and increase safety by maximizing vehicle throughput, overall capacity and travel time reliability, while decreasing primary and secondary incidents (crashes) and overall travel time. Examples of ATM applications include traveler information systems, incident response programs, dynamic signing and re-routing, dynamic shoulder lanes, hard shoulder running, speed harmonization, and queue warning.

Strategic Capacity Enhancements/Managed Lane Vision

Bus Only Shoulders

The Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area is home to approximately 330 bus-only shoulder (BOS) miles. As the network has taken root and expanded, it has become a fundamental piece of the MnDOT’s congestion relief/mobility investment strategies. Partnerships among transportation agencies and officials contributed greatly to the success of BOS, ensuring that support and resources were available.


MnPASS is Minnesota’s system of priced managed lanes which are often referred to as High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. Priced managed lanes provide a congestion-free travel option during peak-travel times by pricing specific lanes at rates that maintain free flow conditions for all commuters. The lanes are free and can be used by all motorists before and after peak-travel times.

MnPASS is a strategy for managing and reducing congestion on some of Minnesota's busiest highways. It is not a strategy to generate revenue. The MnPASS transportation system:

  • Increases the number of people that are moved through a corridor during peak travel times
  • Provides a reliable, congestion-free travel choice for commuters.
  • Improves public transit service and ridership
  • Increases car and van pools.

MnPASS Express Lanes have been operating successfully on I-394 since 2005, on I-35W since 2009 and phase 1 of I-35E between Cayuga St. and Little Canada Rd since 2016. Phase II will open in 2017 and will include the southbound lane between County Road 96 and Little Canada Road and the northbound lane between County Road E and County Road J.

To learn more about how to become a MnPASS customer, visit mnpass.org.