Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 169 Mobility Study

Hennepin County, Scott County (Task 1: Hwy 41 to Hwy 55 portion)

Current Status

Technical Analysis Phase

Using the goals established in the study’s "Purpose and Need" objectives, two bus rapid transit (BRT) alternatives and two MnPASS alternatives have been identified for further technical analysis. Technical analysis on these alternatives will generate information such as their estimated capital costs, estimated number of riders for the BRT and the number of users of MnPASS, as well as potential impacts to the natural and built environments.

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The results of the analysis will be shared once they are available. Public meetings will also be held to share the results of the technical analysis, meeting details will be provided as they become available.

About the study

Hwy 169 Mobility Study location map
Hwy 169 Mobility Study Location Map
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View the results of the Hwy 169 survey.

The Highway 169 Mobility Study is made up of two tasks.

Task 1

The purpose of the study is to identify and evaluate cost-effective options for improving transit and reducing congestion on Hwy 169 between Hwy 41 in Shakopee and Hwy 55 in Golden Valley. The study focused on:

  1. Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  2. MnPASS Express Lanes
  3. Lower cost/high benefit improvements along the highway such as adding auxiliary lanes, turn lanes, modifying interchanges and creating ways for buses to get through traffic more efficiently 
  4. Evaluating the potential for expanding bus service on Hwy 169 between Mankato and the Twin Cities Metro area

The results of the study determined advancing recommended improvements into the project environmental/pre-design process, to add specific improvements to projects that are already programmed, or to get improvements ready should additional funding become available.

Task 2

Task 2 will analyze bus connections and study the potential for expanded Intercity Bus Service along the Hwy 169 corridor between Mankato and the Twin Cities. Reference the Hwy 169 Mobility Study - Task 2 web page for more info.


  • Communities along the study area
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Hennepin County
  • Highway 169 Corridor Coalition
  • Metro Transit
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
  • MnDOT (Metro District and District 7)
  • Scott County
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • SouthWest Transit