Northwest Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership
The Northwest Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP-2) draft Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) has been inserted into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). MnDOT anticipates sending the draft 2023-2026 STIP to the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration in September and will await approval.
The ATP 2 anticipates beginning the Fiscal Year 2024-2027 Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) development in October and will announce funding program solicitation details when they become available.
Area Transportation Partnerships (ATPs) were created by MnDOT to emphasize greater public involvement, enhance regional planning and increase cooperation development of the four-year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Northwest Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership is one of eight ATPs in Minnesota.
Each year, we develop an Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) that lists the state, regional and local transportation priorities for most of the area encompassed by MnDOT District 2. The regional priorities listed in the ATIP are then recommended for inclusion in Minnesota’s STIP.
When developing the program, the ATP 2 considers the transportation priorities of the areas
- Region 1 Northwest Regional Development Commission
- Region 2 Headwaters Regional Development Commission
- Grand Forks / East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization
- MnDOT District 2
The ATP 2 membership consists of 10 voting members (and 5 non-voting) comprised of individuals representing counties, cities, regional planning agencies, tribal nations, transit, MnDOT, and other transportation interests. Learn more about ATP 2.
The draft 2023-2026 ATIP are posted here:
The latest approved STIP is linked here
Please use this link to provide any comments on the draft ATP-2 ATIP. Public comments received on the ATP-2 ATIP will be posted here. Comments received on the ATIP from the ATP are included in the ATP meeting notes.
The STIP is typically approved in November each year. Once the STIP is approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), major changes to federally funded projects must be approved through a formal amendment process by FHWA/FTA. Lesser changes or the correction of incorrect information in the STIP can be accomplished through the Administrative Modification process which does not require federal approval. The latest approved STIP, MnDOTs Guidance for STIP Amendments and Administrative Modifications, and the list of pending and approved federal formal amendments can be found on the STIP page.
This link will bring you to the ATP-2's STIP Amendment and Modification procedure of when ATP-2 action is and is not required.
Information specific to projects within the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization
Information specific to transit project selection