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Federal government


Federal funding for transportation projects is provided through an authorization bill and appropriation bills, which are multi-year policy and funding bills that authorize funding for a specific purpose but do not appropriate the money. The creation of transportation authorization bills begin in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Appropriation bills provide money to pay for the programs that are authorized and under the jurisdiction of the Appropriation Committee.

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is the current surface transportation authorization. Read more about Minnesota's transportation policy plans.

Congressional briefing

MnDOT works closely with the Minnesota members of congress on transportation policy issues and on communicating updates on important transportation projects throughout the state. Our congressional briefing provides Minnesotans and their representatives with transportation updates organized by congressional district.