Use and Performance

MnPASS is Minnesota’s system of priced managed lanes which are often referred to as High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes.¬†Priced managed lanes provide a congestion-free travel option during peak-travel times by pricing specific lanes at rates that maintain free flow conditions for all commuters. The lanes are free and can be used by all motorists before and after peak-travel times.

MnPASS is a strategy for managing and reducing congestion on some of Minnesota's busiest highways. It is not a strategy to generate revenue. The MnPASS transportation system:

  • Increases the number of people that are moved through a corridor during peak travel times.
  • Provides a reliable, congestion-free travel choice for commuters.
  • Improves public transit service and ridership.
  • Increases car and van pools.

MnPASS Use

MnPASS lanes increase the number of people that are moved through a corridor during peak-travel times. The majority of people using the MnPASS lanes are in vehicles with two or more people (HOV 2+/carpool) or riding a bus.

Single occupant vehicles are 29 percent of the total vehicles in the lane but are only 11 percent of the people using the lanes.

Vehicles and people moved on I-35E

The following charts show the percentages of vehicles and people moved along I-35E from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.

Vehicle and people moved along I-35E in MnPASS lanes from 6a-10a and 3p-6p

Vehicles and people moved on I-35W

The following charts show the percentages of vehicles and people moved along I-35W from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.

Vehicle and people moved along I-35W in MnPASS lanes from 6a-10a and 3p-6p

Vehicles and people moved on I-394

The following charts show the percentages of vehicles and people moved along I-394 from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.
Vehicle and people moved along I-394 in MnPASS lanes from 6a-10a and 3p-6p

MnPASS Performance

MnPASS lanes provide a reliable, congestion-free travel choice for all commuters. Federal laws require vehicles in the MnPASS Express Lanes travel at speeds above 45 mph for 90 percent of the time or greater during peak-travel times. Currently, vehicles in the MnPASS lanes are traveling at speeds above 45 mph approximately 95 percent of the time.

MnPASS lanes provide motorists predictable travel times. During peak-travel times one MnPASS lane can carry the same number of people as two general purpose lanes! General purpose lanes are also prone to congestion which results in unpredictable travel times.

MnPASS Express Lanes allow transit, particularly express buses, to travel faster and safer during peak-travel times which provides reliable travel times and increases the number of people who rely on public transportation.