Transportation Policy Plan

2020 Update to the 2040 TPP

The 2040 Transportation Policy Plan 2020 Update (TPP) presents the Metropolitan Council’s policies and plans to guide development of the region’s transportation system. The TPP must be consistent with the regional vision set forth in Thrive MSP 2040 and describe how the transportation system will be developed and operate to support Thrive MSP goals.

The Council embarks on a major update once every 10 years that aligns with updates to the Regional Development Guide (Thrive MSP 2040). In between, we put together minor updates. This is a minor update that includes recent small changes to regional transportation investments and revenues, new travel trends data, results of recently completed studies and projects, and keeps the Metropolitan Planning Organization in federal compliance.

Comment on transportation plan amendment

Changes to the METRO arterial bus rapid transit system and adds six MnDOT-selected highway freight projects

The Metropolitan Council is taking public comments on amending the region’s long-range 2040 Transportation Policy Plan.

Arterial bus rapid transit projects

This amendment revises the METRO system in the current revenue scenario to

It also adds or updates the increased revenue scenario with the H Line and seven remaining arterial bus rapid transit candidate corridors identified in Metro Transit’s Network Next, and removes three formerly recognized corridors.

Freight projects

MnDOT and the project applicants — Inver Grove Heights, Bloomington, Carver County, Anoka County, and Sherburne County — also propose adding six highway freight projects to the current revenue scenario. MnDOT’s Minnesota Highway Freight Program is the competitive statewide process that allocates between $20 and $25 million each year to the highest highway freight needs in the state.

  • 117th Ave Reconstruction and Modernization (City of Inver Grove Heights)
  • I-35W/I-494 Interchange Improvements (City of Bloomington)
  • Highway 212 Rural Freight Safety Project (Carver County)
  • I-94 Eastbound Lane Improvement Project (MnDOT, Woodbury/Oakdale)
  • Highway 10/169 Ramsey Gateway Project (City of Ramsey, Anoka County)
  • Sherburne County 33 Reconstruction and Realignment (City of Elk River, Sherburne County)

Ways to submit a comment

We will receive comments on the Draft 2040 Transportation Policy Plan Amendment #1 (PDF) from Dec. 9, 2021 Jan. 24, 2022 at 5 p.m.

You may also submit a comment by emailing public.info@metc.state.mn.us, recording a message at 651-602-1500 (TTY 651-221-9886), or mailing comments to 390 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN 55101-1805.

Next steps

The full Met Council will review the public comments and consider the TPP amendment following the public comment period.


Transportation Policy Plan Development

The region’s transportation plan comes together by collaborating with counties, cities and townships to create a vision for a shared transportation system. The Met Council builds these partnerships to help make a stronger system possible, serving people and connecting to places across the region. Our job is to listen to our partners and the people who live in the region to hear what they want in a transportation system. We then translate a shared vision for our region’s transportation system into investment plans and decisions that help build and maintain that system.

Public participation

Transportation Public Participation Plan (18 pages, pdf)


2040 Transportation Policy Plan

The Council adopted the updated 2040 Transportation Policy Plan on November 18, 2020.

Thrive MSP logo and link
Other regional plans

The regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, sets the policy foundations for systems and policy plans developed by the Council. In addition to the Transportation Policy Plan, see: