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MnPASS customers can use a MnPASS tag to park at MSP Airport

A new partnership between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Airports Commission allows motorists to use one device to drive in the MnPASS lanes during peak-travel times and to lift the gate arms at some Minneapolis St. Paul Airport (MSP) parking facilities.

Motorists can use a MnPASS tag - sticker tag or switchable tag - to drive in the MnPASS lanes and to enter and exit parking facilities at MSP. Motorists cannot use a ZipPass tag to drive in the MnPASS lanes during peak-travel times. A ZipPass is a device that is used to activate the entry arms in the eParkElite facilities. It is placed on the vehicle’s dashboard. When motorists pull into an entry lane it communicates with an overhead receiver, which then activates the entry arm.

Participating MSP parking facilities include:

  • Terminal  - Lindbergh — General and Short-Term
  • Terminal 2 - Humphrey — General and Short-Term
  • Terminal 1 - Quick Ride Ramp

The MnPASS and ZipPass accounts are separate accounts and fees cannot be combined. Motorists must have a MnPASS account, a MnPASS tag and a ZipPass account to take advantage of the partnership.

If motorists drive in the MnPASS lanes during peak-travel times without a MnPASS tag, they are subject to a citation and fine up to $200.

MnPASS customers can create a ZipPass account on the MnPASS partnership web page.

MnPASS Lanes on I-35E between St. Paul and White Bear Lake open Dec. 9

Construction on the new MnPASS Express Lanes on I-35E between St. Paul and White Bear Lake is near completion and the lanes will open throughout the day Fri, December 9.

Because the expected snow fall in the Twin Cities Metro area could cause safety and mobility issues on I-35E, the new southbound MnPASS lane between Hwy 96 and Little Canada Rd and the new northbound MnPASS lane between Co Rd E and Co Rd J will be open to all motorists throughout the weekend.

On Monday, Dec. 12, during the morning and afternoon peak-travel times, the new lanes will be restricted to public transit, vehicles with two or more occupants and to solo motorists who have a MnPASS tag and an active MnPASS account. The peak-travel times for the southbound lane are Monday through Friday, 6 to 10 a.m. The northbound peak-travel times are Monday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.

Some of the MnPASS electrical equipment on I-35E will not be fully operational until the end of Dec. 2016 so solo motorists with a MnPASS tag and an active account will not be charged a fee to drive in the new MnPASS lanes north of Little Canada Road during peak-travel times. Additional state troopers will be enforcing the lanes until the MnPASS equipment is operational. Solo motorists who are driving in the MnPASS lanes during peak-travel times without a MnPASS tag are subject to a citation and a fine up to $200.

Solo motorists with a MnPASS tag will still be charged a fee to drive in the MnPASS lanes in both directions of I-35E between Cayuga Street and Little Canada Road during peak-travel times.

During peak-travel times the MnPASS lane designation through the I-35E/I-694 commons area, between county Road E and Little Canada Road, will change. Through I-35E/I-694:

  • The northbound MnPASS lane will be open to all motorists between Little Canada Road and County Road E. The lane will be restricted to transit, carpools and solo motorists with a MnPASS tag between County Road E and County Road J.
  • The existing inside lane in the southbound direction between County Road E and Little Canada Road will become a MnPASS lane Monday through Friday between 6 and 10 a.m.
  • A video explaining how to navigate the MnPASS lanes through the I-35E/I-694 commons area is available at www.mnpass.org.

MnPASS customers must have a new MnPASS tag by June 30, 2017

MnPASS is replacing all of the Telematics Transponders with a free, new MnPASS Switchable Tag. The Telematics Transponders will be replaced in phases to ensure the new tags are distributed efficiently.

Between August 2016 and June 30, 2017 current MnPASS customers who have a MnPASS Telematics Transponder will receive an email informing them that they will receive a new MnPASS switchable tag in the mail. Customers should continue to use the Telematics Transponder until they receive a new MnPASS Switchable Tag.

Telematics Transponders Discontinued

On June 30, 2017, the Telematics Transponders will be discontinued. MnPASS account holders using a Telematics Transponder to drive in the MnPASS lanes during peak-travel times after June 30, 2017 are responsible for paying the tolls associated with the transponder, and for all citations and fines associated with using it.  

Recycle your Telematics Transponder
When you receive your new MnPASS switchable tag(s), return the Telematics Transponder(s) to a MnPASS drop-off site so it can be properly recycled. The Telematics Transponders contain a lithium battery that has specific recycling requirements. Telematics Transponders can be returned to:

MnPass Customer Service Center
2055 Lilac Drive N. 
Golden Valley, MN
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

MnDOT Metro District Water's Edge Building
1500 W County Road B2
Roseville, MN
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Move Minneapolis
505 Nicollet Mall, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Hennepin County Recycling Center and Transfer Station
Transponder drop off only
8100 Jefferson Highway
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center
Transponder drop off only
1400 West 96th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431

If you have questions about the new MnPASS Switchable Tag or about your MnPASS account, call 1-866-397-4334, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Protecting the integrity and safety of the MnPASS lanes

MnDOT has a two-year contract with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Patrol Office that dedicates six state patrol officers to enforce the MnPASS Express Lanes during peak-travel times.  

The state troopers will monitor the MnPASS Express Lanes on I-35E, I-394 and on I-35W during the morning and afternoon peak-travel times. Motorists should expect to see at least one trooper in each MnPASS lane during the morning and evening commute times.

The troopers will primarily enforce the MnPASS lane but they will not ignore other violations such as expired license tabs, speeding or erratic driving.

Learn more about the enforcement of MnPASS lanes

Can I use my MnPASS tag on toll roads in other states?

Not yet. MnDOT/MnPASS is planning to become interoperable with other state electronic toll systems, but not until the national tolling industry and the federal government determine interoperability standards and requirements.

Because there’s very little demand from other state tolling systems to use our peak-period system, becoming interoperable will cost us a significant amount of money and we’ll get very little additional toll revenue in return. As a result, we need to identify lower cost options for becoming interoperable and knowing what the new national standards and requirements are going to be, would put us in a better position to identify those lower cost options.

MnDOT is making sure current and future MnPASS investments are interoperable-ready. For example, MnDOT is installing toll reading equipment that will enable the department to read essentially any electronic toll device in a vehicle (E-ZPASS, TxTag). It’s also ensuring that the new MnPASS operating system is configured to add interoperability.