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 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 State Transportation Improvement Program, along with all other TIP's from Minnesota's Area Transportation Partnerships.
The draft workplan for 2014-2023 includes a list of MnDOT major construction and reconstruction projects with associated costs planned over the next ten-year period (including the TIP).
These workplans have been prepared as part of the Minnesota 20-Year State highway Investment Plan.
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.