MnPASS Pricing and Revenue

MnPASS is a strategy for managing and reducing congestion on some of the state's busiest roads. It is not a strategy for generating revenue.

During peak-travel times, transit users, carpools (vehicles with two or more occupants – HOV 2+) and motorcycles can drive in the lanes for free. Solo motorists with a MnPASS tag and an active MnPASS account can drive in the lanes for a fee. During non-peak travel times, MnPASS Express Lanes are free and may be used by all motorists.

The fee for solo motorists to drive in the MnPASS lanes during peak-travel times can vary from $.25 to $8. The fee is based on current traffic volumes in the MnPASS lanes and is displayed on electronic overhead signs. As traffic volumes increase in the lane, the fee to drive in the lane goes up. As traffic volumes decrease, the fee goes down. The purpose of variable pricing is to ensure the MnPASS lane is utilized while keeping traffic in the lane flowing between 50 to 55 mph.

Revenue and expenditures

By state statute, revenue generated through MnPASS must be used in the corridor from which it was generated and specifically for the construction, operations and maintenance of the MnPASS lane.

I-394 and I-35E

  • Revenue must be used first to repay capital costs.
    • Next, the revenue is used to pay MnPASS operations and maintenance expenses in the corridor.
      • Remaining revenue is divided equally between MnDOT and the Metropolitan Council for highway and transit improvements in the corridor.

I-35W

  • First year revenue (2009-2010)
    • Pay for I-35W MnPASS operating costs up to $1 million.
      • Revenue greater than $1 million transferred to the Metropolitan Council for bus transit improvements and transit capital expenses.
  • After 2010
    • $1 million or 75 percent of the revenue (the lesser of the amounts) used for operating costs.
      • $1 million or 75 percent of the remaining revenue (after paying for operating costs) to the Metropolitan Council for bus transit improvements and transit capital expenses.
        • Remaining revenue
          • 25 percent to MnDOT for MnPASS operating costs and for the UPA consistent highway improvements in the corridor.
          • 75 percent to Metropolitan Council for bus transit improvements and transit capital expenses.