D7 ATP Information
Counties covered by MnDOT's District 7 area are:
- Blue Earth
- Le Sueur
Surface Transportation Program 2018 solicitation
Project applications accepted until February 1, 2014.
Federally funded transportation projects will be considered by the District 7 Area Transportation Partnership (ATP-7) for inclusion in the 2015-2018 Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP), using Surface Transportation Funds.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
The Transportation Alternatives Program (formerly Enhancements) is a new competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. ATP-7 will be selecting projects for 2017and for 2018 - $700,000 each year.
Greater Minnesota applicants submitted a letter of intent describing the key components of their project (deadline was Nov. 15, 2013). A regional representative contacted applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project prior to local communities and regional agencies submitting a full grant application.
Grant solicitation timeline:
- Nov. 15, 2013 - Letter of intent deadline
- Feb. 1, 2014 - Full grant application deadline
- April 15, 2014 - Grant recipients announced
What is Area Transportation Partnership (ATP)?
Mn/DOT created ATP to emphasize greater public involvement in preparation of transportation plans and programs.
There are eight ATPs in Minnesota (one for each Mn/DOT District area).
Every year, the ATPs develop an Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) which cover a minimum four-year period. ATIPs include all projects seeking federal aid highway, state trunk highway, and federal transit sources of funding.
The ATP 7 is working to meet the goals of new federal transportation law - MAP 21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century).To distribute the funds a Statewide Performance Program was created to allow Minnesota to meet performance targets on the National Highway System - a key focus of MAP-21.
New funding programs in MAP-21 include:
- National Highway Performance Program (National Highway System includes all principle arterials)
- Surface Transportation Program (Non principle arterial roadways - state, city, county, transit capital, off-system bridges)
- Highway Safety Improvement Program (highway safety & rail)
- Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (Metro only)
- Metropolitan Planning (includes Mankato/North Mankato area)
- Transportation Alternatives Program (Safe Routes to School, recreational trails, former enhancements, other)
ATP 7 solicits projects for:
- Surface Transportation Program (small urban, rural and transit capital)
- Transportation Alternatives Program (within a statewide framework)
Current project maps
- ATP 7 state highway projects in the 2014-2017 STIP
- ATP 7 rail, safety, city, county, off-system bridges, transit and enhancement projects in the 2013-2016 STIP
- ATP 7 parks and trails enhancement projects map
Current and past Statewide Transportation Improvement Programs are available on MnDOT’s Web site at www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/stateplan