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 (MS 160.93), toll 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. The specific revenue use requirements for each corridor are:

I-394 and I-35E and future corridors

Revenue must first be used to repay the capital costs to construct the MnPASS lanes in the corridor; next to pay for MnPASS operations and maintenance expenses in the corridor; and finally any remaining revenue is divided equally between MnDOT and the Metropolitan Council for highway and transit improvements in the corridor.

I-35W

Revenue must be used each year as follows:

  • $1 million or 75 percent of the revenue (the lesser of the amounts) to pay for MnPASS operations and maintenance expenses in the corridor.
    • Next, transfer the remaining amount up to the amount above to the Metropolitan Council for bus transit improvements in the corridor including transit capital expenses.
      • All remaining revenue is divided as follows:
      • 25 percent to MnDOT for MnPASS operating costs and for highway improvements in the corridor.
      • 75 percent to Metropolitan Council for bus transit improvements in the corridor including transit capital expenses.