Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

August 16, 2016

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New partnership increases enforcement on MnPASS Express Lanes

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Beginning Aug. 17, motorists traveling on interstates with a MnPASS Express Lane will see state troopers enforcing the lanes more frequently as the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol kick off a new enforcement partnership.

The agencies expect to see fewer motorists using the MnPASS lanes illegally.

The partnership dedicates six state troopers to patrol and enforce the MnPASS Express Lanes on interstates 35E, 394 and 35W, Mondays through Fridays, during peak-travel times.

Goals of the two-year pilot partnership are to decrease the number of motorists who are driving in the lanes illegally, and to enhance safety and free flowing traffic conditions in the lanes. 

The state troopers, who received training about MnPASS operations, will primarily enforce adherence to MnPASS regulations such as solo motorists using a MnPASS tag or vehicles having two or more occupants.

Troopers will not ignore other dangerous driving behaviors. They will also help control the flow of traffic during morning and afternoon commutes by responding to incidents in the MnPASS lanes. 

“Having a team of state troopers enforcing the lanes every day will deter motorists from driving in the lanes illegally and will keep traffic in the MnPASS lanes and in the general purpose lanes flowing more efficiently during rush hours,” said Brian Kary, MnDOT Traffic Operations engineer. “As the MnPASS system continues to expand across the Twin Cities, we will also look to the troopers for advice on how we can improve operations.”

MnPASS is Minnesota’s system of priced-managed lanes, often referred to as High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. Priced-managed lanes provide a congestion-free travel option during peak-travel times by pricing specific lanes at rates that maintain free-flowing travel conditions for all commuters.

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