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


Highway Functional Classification Chages

July 1, 2019 - Deadline to request Highway Functional Classication change.

In order to qualify for the Regional Solicitation, a highway must be classified as either an A-minor Arterial or a principal arterial (non-freeways only) on the TAB-adopted functional classification map. Please refer to the existing functional classification map to determine whether your roadway’s classification is correct. The resources for requesting a functional classification change can be found at Functional Classification Resources. Requests for a functional classification change must be submitted to Rachel Wiken by July 1.

Regional Bicycle Transportation Network


July 26, 2019 - Deadline to request Regional Bicycle Transportation Network change. Inclusion on the Regional Bicycle Transportation Network is not required for an application to qualify for the Multi-Use Trails and Bicycle Facilities funding category of the Regional Solicitation. However, inclusion on, or connection with, the regional bicycle network is a key scoring element. Applicants wishing to request Regional Bicycle Transportation Network administrative changes should contact Steve Elmer by July 26.

A final RBTN map to be used for the Regional Solicitation will be approved by the TAB at its Oct. 16 meeting.

RBTN Administrative Changes are defined as follows:

  1. Alignment designations within existing RBTN corridors must follow within and along the corridor and run roughly parallel to the corridor centerline.
  2. Minor corridor or alignment extensions are up to one-half mile long segments that provide missing connections to another alignment or corridor centerline, a regional trail, or an RBTN-included regional destination.
  3. Minor alignment shifts must run within one-quarter mile of the initial alignment in core cities (Minneapolis & St Paul) or within one-half mile of initial alignment outside core cities; must run approximately parallel to the initial alignment; and continue to serve the destinations served by the initial alignment.

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