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Upcoming Meetings

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Meeting Minutes



ATP 3 Operations and Policy Manual


Transportation Alternatives Program

Guidebook and application



Central Minnesota Commuter Study
Report on ways to improve the area’s public transit, park-and-rides, and car pool programsarrowmore


Safe Routes to
School Program

Program designed to improve the conditions and quality of bicycling and walking to school arrowmore


Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

2015-2018 arrowmore


District 3 Highway Investment Plan
2009-2028 arrowmore


Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan

Determines the level of funding required to meet future transit service needs




Fact Sheet
Detailed flyer about Central Minnesota ATP including area map arrowmore



MnDOT is installing warning systems at 54 rural intersections statewide (Sept. 15, 2015) List of all locations.


MnDOT, DEED taking applications for Transportation Economic Development (TED) program (July 27, 2015) The TED program is a competitive grant program designed to help meet the state’s transportation and economic development needs by creating and preserving well-paying jobs and leveraging private and local investment in transportation infrastructure. Application deadline is Sept. 25.


Minnesota retains ranking as second most bicycle friendly state (May 12, 2013)


What is an Area Transportation Partnership?

MnDOT created Area Transportation Partnerships (ATPs) to emphasize greater public involvement in the preparation of transportation plans and programs. The Central Minnesota ATP is one of eight ATPs in Minnesota.


Every year, the ATPs develop an Annual Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP). ATIPs cover a minimum four-year period. ATIPs include all projects seeking federal aid highway, state trunk highway, and federal transit sources of funding.


ATP MapWhat counties are covered by the Central Minnesota ATP?

• Benton
• Cass
• Crow Wing
• Isanti
• Kanabec
• Mille Lacs

• Morrison
• Sherburne
• Stearns
• Todd
• Wadena
• Wright


How does the process work?


The ATP employs a decentralized approach in developing its ATIP by seeking the active participation of two RDCs (Region 5 Development Commission and East Central Regional Development Commission) and one APO (St. Cloud Area Planning Organization). A special policy board, supported by a transportation advisory committee, assists the ATP in the former Region 7W area.


What kind of projects are eligible and who may apply for funding?


Projects must be eligible for federal funding as set forth by SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users), MnDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Guidance, and the Central Minnesota ATP's Operations and Policy Manual.


Counties, cities over 5,000 population, and tribal governments may compete for federal SAFETEA-LU funding under one of the following four categories:


Cities under 5,000 population, townships, and other agencies may also apply for funding. However, eligibility is limited; and a county, a city over 5,000 population, or another state agency must sponsor them.


The ATP further supports state and local roadway safety improvement projects through a separate solicitation process. Eligibility and participation varies.


How are the regions involved?


Regions develop a prioritized list of local projects seeking federal transportation funding for their areas to submit to the ATP. Regions send out notices to solicit new candidate projects in October/Nov. The application period generally stays open through mid-Jan.


Following the application period, regions review and rank the candidate projects submitted by local jurisdictions. They also comment on MnDOT District 3’s draft highway construction program. The local list of projects and comments pertaining to MnDOT’s construction program are then forwarded to the ATP for consideration.


How does the ATP finally assemble its program?


The ATP merges the prioritized lists submitted by each region and MnDOT into a integrated draft ATIP. This document is forwarded to MnDOT in St. Paul, and then to the appropriate federal transportation agencies for final approval.


Who is represented on the ATP?


Membership consists of 18 voting and six non-voting members. Membership is comprised of individuals representing counties, cities, regional planning agencies, tribal nations, transit, MnDOT, and other transportation interests.


Voting Members (18) Number
MnDOT District 3
Region 7W
St. Cloud APO
County Engineer - northerm half of District 3
County Engineer - southern half of District 3
City Engineer - northern half of District 3
City Engineer - southern half of District 3
Leech Lake Band
Mille Lacs Band
Rural Transit
St. Cloud MTC
Non-Voting Members (6) Number
MnDOT District 3 Staff - ATP Facilitator
RDC 5 Staff
RDC 7E Staff
Tribal Nation Advisor


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