Communities across the region can now apply for a portion of about $200 million in federal funds for local highway, bridge, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects. Whether for existing infrastructure or new improvements, projects focus on outcomes like moving more people more effectively, managing congestion, and improving air quality.
The Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) leads the process of soliciting, evaluating, and selecting submitted projects, then sends those projects recommended for funding to the Council for agreement. Applications are due on July 13, 2018, and the TAB is tentatively scheduled to approve funding recommendations in mid-January of 2019.
"Federal Highway Trust Fund monies are a very important transportation project funding source for the region," said TAB chair Jim Hovland. "These federal dollars help pay for local projects throughout the seven counties, and the process of reviewing projects and allocating the funds on a geographically balanced basis is rigorous, objective and collaborative."
Most funds in the 2018 Regional Solicitation will support projects slated for 2022-2023; and 2020-2021 for projects in the Travel Demand Management (TDM) category.
Eligible applicants in the seven-county metro area
Cities and townships
Colleges and universities
American Indian tribal governments
Private and non-profit organizations (TDM category only)
Sign up for online application training
Council staff will conduct online application training at Council Offices at 390 Robert St. in Saint Paul in the Lower Level Room C Computer Lab. Please contact Elaine Koutsoukos, TAB Coordinator, to reserve your computer station for one of the following dates.
Wednesday, May 23, from 9-10:30 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 31, from 1-2:30 p.m. or 3-4:30 p.m.
Friday, June 1, from 9-10:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 7, from 9-10:30 a.m.
Application categories by mode, with examples of eligible projects
Roadways Including Multimodal Elements
Traffic management technologies
- Replacing or rehabilitating bridges
Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
Trails and bikeways
Safe Routes to School
Transit and Travel Demand Management (TDM) Projects
Posted In: Transportation