On Sept. 25, the Metropolitan Council signed off on a large slate of metro-area transportation projects to include with the state’s list of projects recommended for federal funding. The region’s $3.5 billion package of projects, called the Transportation Improvement Program, is a collection of hundreds of local highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects in the queue for federal consideration.
Among the new projects added this year are 57 local projects recommended for $200 million in federal funding through a funding review process known as the Regional Solicitation.
Projects selected for the 2018 Regional Solicitation will be constructed in 40 different cities and townships, throughout the region in all seven counties.
A new I-94 bridge in Washington County with METRO Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes
Hennepin Avenue reconstruction in Minneapolis
Four projects to improve customer boarding for three bus rapid transit lines in Bloomington, Richfield, Minneapolis and Saint Paul
Safety improvements for students crossing Galaxie Avenue to Apple Valley’s Greenleaf Elementary School
Electric vehicles and charging stations near transit stops in Minneapolis and Saint Paul
Expanded Minnesota Valley Transit Authority bus service in Burnsville will connect to the planned METRO Orange Line.
A new Minnesota Highway 13 roadway grade separation into Scott County’s Ports of Savage and adjoining industrial areas.
“These projects reflect local government transportation priorities,” said Nick Thompson, the Council’s Director of Metropolitan Transportation Services. “They are investments that enhance all modes of transportation in the region and help to ensure mobility, and therefore prosperity, in our growing region.”
Next, the projects are included in the State Transportation Investment Program and forwarded to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Region’s transportation funding process; a model of collaboration
The Council, in its role as the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, is charged with overseeing the annual development of the Transportation Improvement Program, which serves as the region’s short-term transportation investment program.
Besides the Regional Solicitation selections, other projects in the program are submitted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metro Transit, and other transit providers.