Regional Solicitation

Regional Solicitation of Federal Transportation Projects

July 24, 2014  

Introduction to the Regional Solicitation


This regional solicitation for federal transportation project funding is part of the Metropolitan Council’s federally-required continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative transportation planning process for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The funding program and related rules and requirements are established by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and administered locally through collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

Federal Program Overview


The Twin Cities Metropolitan Area selects projects for funding from three federal programs: Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), as authorized by the most recent Federal transportation funding act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which was signed into law on July 6, 2012.

Local Overview


Over the past 18 months, the Metropolitan Council completed an extensive evaluation of the Regional Solicitation. The evaluation process included a wide array of technical experts and policy makers and addressed four primary goals:

  1. Assess the effectiveness of the Regional Solicitation in selecting projects that implement regional policies and investment priorities.
  2. Determine the efficiency of the Regional Solicitation in requesting, evaluating, ranking, and selecting projects in a fair and transparent way.
  3. Evaluate changes to federal funding categories, funding levels, and project eligibility included in MAP-21.
  4. Streamline and simplify the overall process for applicants and reviews.

One of the primary outcomes of the evaluation of the Regional Solicitation was the reorganization of the funding applications by mode of transportation instead of by funding program (STP, CMAQ, and TE). As outlined in Figure 1, the applications are now grouped into three primary evaluation categories: Roadways Including Multimodal Elements; Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities; and Transit and Travel Demand Management (TDM) Projects. Each of these modal evaluation categories includes three to four evaluation sub-categories.  

In some cases, there are unique projects that are federally-eligible, but they cannot be included in the competitive process because they cannot be easily compared to other similar projects.  These project types, including base-level TDM funding for the Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs) and Metro Transit, should request funding directly from the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB).

Roadways Including Multimodal Elements
Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
Transit and Travel Demand Management Projects
Funding Availability, Minimums and Maximums
General Process
Project Schedule
Technical Assistance

March 20, 2014

 

Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Request for Projects for 2017 Funds


The Metropolitan Council and the Transportation Advisory Board have released the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Request for Regionally Significant Transit Capital Projects for 2017 funds.  Applications are due on April 11, 2014.


This solicitation is only for CMAQ funds programmed for one year, 2017, rather than two years due to an evaluation the Council and the TAB are conducting of the regional solicitation process.

Schedule:
March 20 – Release Request for Regionally Significant Transit Capital Projects
April 11 – Project Application Submittal Deadline
April 15 – CMAQ Project Rating Committee
April 16 – Presentation of Project Proposals to TAB by Project Applicants
April 17 – TAC Funding & Programming provides technical comment on proposed projects
May 7 – TAC provides technical comment on proposed projects for TAB’s consideration
May 21 – TAB action on selecting projects for funding
June 9 – Council Transportation Committee reviews and recommends concurrence with TAB project selection
June 11 – Metropolitan Council reviews and concurs with TAB project selection
June 18 – TAB includes list of projects as an addendum in 2015-2017 Draft TIP.  TAB releases the Draft TIP for public comment.

Please refer to the Solicitation Information pdf for more details about this funding opportunity. 


For information concerning the regional solicitation contact:


March 11, 2014
 

Transportation Alternatives Program Solicitation for 2017 Funds in Process - Revised Schedule

 
The Metropolitan Council and the Transportation Advisory Board have released the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) solicitation for 2017 funds. Applications were due on January 31, 2014. 
 
This solicitation is only for TAP funds programmed for one year, 2017, rather than two years due to an evaluation the Council and the TAB are conducting of the regional solicitation process.

Please note that the post-application deadline schedule for this solicitation has changed. Due to changes in the TIP development schedule, we have extended the period of time for application scoring. Scores will now be distributed on March 31, 2014, with an appeal deadline of April 4, 2014. Scoring appeals and funding options will be presented at the April 17th Funding and Programming Committee meeting instead of at their March meeting. The revised schedule will be as follows:
 
March 31st – Scores distributed to applicants and Funding & Programming Committee; appeal period begins
April 4th – Scoring appeal deadline
April 10th – Scoring re-evaluation completed
April 11th – Funding and Programming Committee meeting packet distributed
April 17th – Funding and Programming Committee meeting: scoring appeals, funding options
May 7th – TAC review of funding options
May 21st – TAB review of funding options
June 18th – TAB approval of funding recommendations
June 23rd – Inclusion of project list as addendum to draft TIP for public comment period

Please refer to the Solicitation Information pdf for more details about this funding opportunity.  Files from Information Session
For information concerning the regional solicitation contact:
  • Carl Ohrn at 651.602.1719.

2013 Regional Program Year Policy (PDF 154 KB)

See the 2011 Regional Solicitation Results

See the 2009 Regional Solicitation Results

See the 2007 Regional Solicitation Results

See the 2005 Regional Solicitation Results