Regional Solicitation application for federal transportation funds opens May 14

Posted In: Transportation
Date: 5/15/2018

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

  • Counties

  • Cities and townships

  • State agencies

  • Colleges and universities

  • School districts

  • American Indian tribal governments

  • Transit providers

  • Private and non-profit organizations (TDM category only)

  • Park districts

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



  • New roadways/lane expansions

  • New/expanded interchanges


  • Turn lanes

  • Roundabouts

Traffic management technologies

  • Retiming traffic signals

  • Replacing technology or traffic management centers


  • Replacing or rehabilitating bridges

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities

Trails and bikeways

  • Multi-use trails, bridges and underpasses

  • On-street bike lanes

Pedestrian infrastructure

  • Sidewalks

  • Streetscaping

  • Accessibility (ADA) improvements

Safe Routes to School

  • Sidewalks

  • Multi-use trails

  • School crossings


Transit and Travel Demand Management (TDM) Projects

Transit expansion

  • New or expanded service

  • Vehicles, shelters or stations

  • Park-and-ride facilities

Transit modernization

  • Heat or weather protection

  • Real-time signage

  • Fare-collection technology

Innovative TDM

  • Bikesharing

  • Carsharing

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