Regional Solicitation

Allocating federal funds to meet local and regional transportation needs

Every two years, 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 (TAB) to review and allocate these funds, using an objective, data-driven, transparent process.

2020 Regional Solicitation: Important Next Steps to ensure your project meets qualifying criteria


TAB Policy Workgroup 

TAB created a Policy Workgroup to review and recommend changes for the 2020 Regional Solicitation. 

May 3, 2019 - Agenda, Materials, Notes
May 24, 2019 - Agenda, Materials, Notes
June 11, 2019 - Agenda, Materials, Notes
July 8, 2019 - Agenda, Materials, Notes
July 22, 2019 - Agenda, Materials, Notes
August 5, 2019 -  Agenda, Materials, Notes


Interchange Approval

December 1,  2019 - Deadline for applications for Metropolitan Council/MnDOT highway interchange requests must be submitted by this date to be eligible for the 2020  Regional Solicitation.

Applications for new or expanded interchanges in the 2020 Regional Solicitation will be eligible if the Metropolitan Council/MnDOT highway interchange request is submitted by Dec. 1. The preliminary interchange approval process is described in the Transportation Policy Plan Appendix F. Interchange requests should be submitted to Michael Corbett with MnDOT Metro District.

2020 Regional Solicitation Timeline

  • September 19,  2019 - Release draft 2020 Regional Solicitation package for public comment: comments due November 6, 2019. 
  • November 20, 2019 - The TAB forwards the adopted 2020 Regional Solicitation package to the Met Council for concurrence. 
  • December 2019 - Metropolitan Council concur.
  • January - February 2020 - Met Council & TAB host workshops 
  • Febrary 2020 - Online Applications open in WebGrants. 
  • April 2020 - 2020 Regional Solicitation applications are due by 4:00 P.M.
  • July 16, 2020 - TAC Funding & Programming Committee approve the ranked list of projects.
  • November 2020 - TAB selects projects.
  • December 2020 - Metropolitan Council approves projects.


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