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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).

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act)
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST Act) is five-year surface transportation law that provides long-term funding certainty for federal fiscal years 2016-2020. It is the first federal transportation bill enacted in over ten years that provides long-term funding for infrastructure planning and investment. Minnesota will receive over $4 billion in funding by MAP-21, SAFETEA-LU, Tea 21, and ISTEA.

The FAST Act is funded through the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which is funded by the federal motor fuels tax. The tax has not been increased since 1993. Since 2008, Congress has transferred funds from non-transportation resources to the HTF in order to meet the needs of transportation outlays. The FAST Act continues this approach and relies on $70 billion is offsets from other areas of the federal budget. While the FAST Act provides five years of funding certainty, the fund will be insolvent at the end of the five-year period.

Click here to read more information about FAST Act.

Transportation Alternatives (TA)
TA 2016 Solicitation - FY 2021 Materials

The biggest change to these programs in the FAST Act is that the STP is renamed the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program and the former Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a set-aside program of this block grant. So, what used to be the Transportation Alternatives Program (which used to be the Transportation Enhancements program and Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails Program) is now the Surface Transportation Block Grant Set-aside Program (STBGSP). In Minnesota, STBGSP will simply be referred to as Transportation Alternatives (TA), and just like TAP, TA funding is available for more than just bike and pedestrian projects.

Click here to view a list of TA local match options

Click here to view TA Solicitation Guidelines

Click here to view TA Solicitation Deadlines

Click here to view the TA Workshop Presentation

Click here to view and complete TA Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

Click here to view the received LOI Chart

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

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