Coordination and guidance
The Metropolitan Council is the Twin Cities regional planning agency. It:
- Provides planning assistance
- Promotes communication with communities and the people and agencies responsible for planning them
- Coordinates review of local comprehensive land use plans, including the Transportation Section (PDF) of those plans
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
The TIP is a listing of all federally-funded transportation projects in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area covering a four-year period. It includes all highway projects regardless of funding. These projects are rolled up into the Statewide 20-Year Hwy Investment Plan, along with all other TIP's from Minnesota's Area Transportation Partnerships.
The workplan (PDF) is a list of MnDOT major construction and reconstruction projects with associated costs planned over the next ten-year period (including the TIP).
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) coordination
Each metropolitan area in the nation with a population over 50,000 must have an MPO and a federally-certified metropolitan transportation planning process in place in order to receive federal transportation funds. MnDOT is responsible for participating in this process and ensuring that the Twin Cities MPO has a valid planning process in place.