MnPASS is a key regional strategy for improving highway and bus transit performance in the Twin Cities area. The I-35E corridor north of St. Paul through County Road 96 is identified as a Managed Lane MnPASS corridor in the 2030 Regional Transportation Policy Plan.
Beginning in 2013, MnDOT will be constructing MnPASS Express Lanes on I-35E north of St. Paul as part of the I-35E MnPASS and Cayuga construction projects. When these improvements are complete near the end of 2015, there will be an additional MnPASS Express Lane on the inside of both southbound and northbound I-35E between Cayuga St. and Little Canada Rd.
The additional I-35E MnPASS Express Lanes will operate like the MnPASS lanes on I-394 and I-35W providing a congestion-free option for commuters during peak rush hour periods. During peak periods, buses, carpools (two or more passengers) and motorcycles will be able to use the lanes for free, while single occupant vehicles will be able to use the lanes for a fee. The new lanes will give commuters better highway and transit options to avert congestion on I-35E, however there will still be a bottleneck remaining on I-35E north of I-694.