Driving in a MnPASS Lane

MnPASS Digital Signs
Overhead signs indicate MnPASS lanes.

Monday through Friday, during the morning and afternoon peak-travel times, buses, motorcycles, and vehicles with two or more occupants including children or infants (HOV 2+) may drive in the designated MnPASS Express Lanes for free. Solo motorists who have a MnPASS account and a MnPASS tag must pay a fee to drive in the MnPASS Express Lanes during peak-travel times.

All motorists may drive in the MnPASS lanes outside of the posted peak-travel times or when the overhead signs read "open" or "open to all motorists.

Where to enter and exit the MnPASS lanes

MnPASS Express Lanes are typically separated from regular lanes (general purpose lanes) by solid, double-white lines and dashed, double-white lines.

Motorists may enter and exit MnPASS Express Lanes only where there are dashed, double-white lines. It’s always illegal to cross solid, double-white lines.

Overhead signs alert motorists of the entry and exit locations for MnPASS Express Lanes.

Know the price to pay

Overhead electronic signs display the fee solo motorists who have a MnPASS account and a MnPASS tag must pay to drive in the lane during peak-travel times. The price you see when entering the lanes is the price for your entire trip.

Your MnPASS tag is read electronically by overhead antennas. The posted fee is automatically deducted from your MnPASS account balance.

Peak-Travel Times


MnPASS Express Lane

Direction Location Morning Peak Drive Times Afternoon Peak Drive Times


NB Cayuga St. to I-694 Open to all traffic 3 p.m.-7 p.m.


Co Rd E to Co Rd J Open to all traffic 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
  SB Co Rd 96 to Cayuga St. 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Open to all traffic


NB Crystal Lake Rd to Hwy 62 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Open to all traffic
  NB Hwy 62 to 26th St. 6 a.m.-10 a.m. 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
  SB 42nd St. to I-494 6 a.m.-10 a.m. 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
  SB I-494 to Hwy 13 Open to all traffic 3 p.m.-7 p.m.


EB Co Rd 101 to Hwy 100 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Open to all traffic
  WB Hwy 100 to I-494 Open to all traffic 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
  Reversible Lanes* Hwy 100 to I-94 6 a.m.-1 p.m. 2 p.m.- 5 a.m.
  *The I-394 Reversible Lanes are tolled any time the lanes are open. The reversible lanes are closed to all traffic during the transition from one direction to the other. Weekend hours of operation vary depending on events in the community. All hours (weekend and weekday) are subject to change due to routine maintenance activities.

HOV Bypass Ramps

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) bypass ramps/lanes are restricted to carpools, buses and motorcycles. Solo motorists with or without a MnPASS tag are not allowed to use the lanes and are subject to a citation if caught using the lanes.

Ramp meters help reduce congestion by controlling the number of vehicles that enter the freeway at a given time. If several vehicles enter at once, traffic on the freeway has to slow down which results in congestion on the freeway. The HOV bypass ramps are typically at locations that serve a Park and Ride lot or a transit route entering from the local road.

If too many people use the HOV bypass ramps, it would negatively affect the highway by causing mainline traffic to have to slow down to allow several vehicles to enter. This would be counterproductive to the purpose of the ramp meters and would lead to increased congestion on the mainline.