Regional Solicitation

The Regional Solicitation process allocates federal transportation funds to locally-initiated projects to meet regional transportation needs. As the region’s federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Council works with the Transportation Advisory Board to review and allocate these funds, using an objective, data-driven, transparent process.

2016 Regional Solicitation Closed

The Metropolitan Council released the 2016 Regional Solicitation for federal transportation funding on May 19, 2016, and stopped accepting applications on July 15, 2016 at 4 p.m.   Applications are currently being scored and ranked by technical experts from across the region, the schedule calls for the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) to select projects for funding early in 2017.   
Approximately $180 M in federal transportation funds are expected to be available for allocation in 2020 and 2021.  Also, due to increased funding levels under the new federal FAST Act legislation, limited federal funding is also available in 2017, 2018, and 2019, for projects that are able be implemented sooner.

Funding Ranges for Solicitation Categories:
  • Roadways: 48%-68% or $86M - $122M 
  • Transit & TDM: 22%-32% or $40M - $58M
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian: 10%-20% or $18M - $36M

2016 funding opportunities: 10 application categories

The majority of the federal funds to be awarded through the Regional Solicitation are for projects in 2020 and 2021, however project applicants were also asked to indicate if the project could be programmed in 2018 or 2019.  Projects will be selected from the following 10 application categories:
  • Roadway Expansion
  • Roadway Reconstruction/Modernization
  • Roadway System Management
  • Bridge Rehabilitation/Replacement
  • Multiuse Trails and Bicycle Facilities
  • Pedestrian Facilities
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Transit Expansion
  • Travel Demand Management (2018 and 2019 funds)
  • Transit System Modernization 


General questions about the Regional Solicitation can be directed to Elaine Koutsoukos-TAB Coordinator