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Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership
The Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP) is a committee of elected officials, engineers, planners, and other agency representatives from an eight county area of northeast Minnesota. The role of the ATP is to prioritize the spending of available federal dollars by developing the Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP), which is a four-year list of prioritized projects. This list is submitted to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), which gives final approval to the ATIP, making it a part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
MAP-21 established a program to provide for a variety of alternative transportation projects, including many that were previously eligible activities under separately funded programs. The TAP replaces the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways, and several other discretionary programs, wrapping them into a single funding source.

Click Here for More Infromation Regarding Timeline, LOI, and Application

TAP 2015 Solicitation - FY 2020 Results

TAP Guidance and Information

Received TAP Letters of Intent (LOI)

Received Full TAP Applications

TAP Task Force Presentation

TAP 2014 Solicitation - FY 2019 Results

Received TAP Letters of Intent (LOIs)

Received Full TAP Applications

ATP TAP Task Force Recommendations for 2019 funding

Safe Routes to School Grants
The ATP will be involved with the ranking of the 2017 MnDOT Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrastructure solicitation that took place in 2015. The ATP’s TAP Task Force will review and develop a priority ranking list of the three applications that were submitted in the region. The ATP’s recommended priority list will be approved by the RTAC and submitted to MnDOT for its statewide committee’s use when selecting projects for the approximately $1.7 million available. The ATP’s recommendation for 2017 projects can be found below at a future date.

Received SRTS Full Applications for 2017 Funds

ATP 1’s Priority list of 2015- 2016 SRTS Infrastructure projects

MnDOT’s SRTS Website

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21)
On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Map-21), which funds surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for Federal Fiscal Years 2012-2014. This new bill restructures core transportation programs and establishes a performance based transportation program. Policy provisions took effect on October 1, 2012.

The following resources will provide information on Map-21:

Map-21 Transportation Funding Overview presentation from the November 8, 2012 ATP

MnDOT, Map-21 page

U.S DOT, Map-21 page

U.S DOT- Federal Highway Administration, Map-21 page

U.S DOT- Federal Transit Administration, Map-21 page

For more information
More information is available at MnDOT's Capital Programs/STIP website: Click here to visit that site

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission participates in the NEMNATP by:

Facilitating the ATP's Steering Committee- the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee-, administering the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) process, providing assistance with the ATP processes, voting member of the ATP Policy Board, and other assistance as requested.

For more information on the ATP or ARDC, please contact
Andy Hubley, AICP
ARDC Regional Planning Division Director
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55812


NE MN ATP Membership
RTAC Membership
TAP Task Force Membership

2016-2019 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

Meeting Information
ATP Information and Meetings

RTAC Information and Meetings

Trail Planning
Recreational trails have many important benefits, both for communities and for individual users. They contribute to the quality of life, they contribute to local economies, build pride and put places “on the map”. They offer a wide range of rewards, physically, mentally and emotionally, many of which are directly transferable into both work and home environments…more.

Click here to view community success stories regarding the benefits of trails

Regional Trails in Northeast Minnesota
There are three non-motorized regional trails in NE Minnesota. The Gitchi-Gami State Trail, the Willard Munger State Trail, and the Mesabi Trail.

Mn/DOT District One
District 1 lies between Minneapolis/St. Paul and the United States/Canadian border and supports the transportation network of northeastern Minnesota, including the counties of Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Carlton, Pine, Aitkin, Itasca and Koochiching. Duluth, the location of the district headquarters, is situated at the western tip of Lake Superior and overlooks an international harbor and Lake Superior (the largest freshwater lake in the world).
Duluth from hilltop

Mn/DOT Office of Investment Management
Mn/DOT's Transportation Plans and Program Management…more

Mn/DOT News