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Minnesota Department of Transportation. FAST Lanes Program. Transportation and General Government Policy Committee Association of Metropolitan Municipalities August 16, 2004. Terminology. : System of express lanes funded by tolls

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fast lanes program

Minnesota Department ofTransportation

FAST Lanes Program

Transportation and General Government Policy Committee

Association of Metropolitan Municipalities

August 16, 2004


: System of express lanes funded by tolls

  • HOT Lanes: Converts existing HOV lanes to allow toll-paying SOVs
  • FAST Lanes: Adds new lanes to an existing highway; used by toll-paying vehicles
fast lanes structure
FAST Lanes Structure
  • New lanes built to add capacity to an existing highway. In certain cases, conversion of short segments of existing lanes may be considered to maintain system continuity.
  • Fees rise or fall as congestion increases or decreases on adjacent lanes.
  • Fees are collected using non-cash, electronic technology (no toll booths).
benefits of fast lanes
Benefitsof FAST Lanes
  • Provide users with a new travel option
  • Leverages private sector innovation and equity to increase highway capacity
  • Manages congestion and traffic flow through pricing
  • Provides congestion relief for adjacent “free” lanes
mnpass fast lanes work plan
MnPASS FAST Lanes Work Plan

I-394 MnPASS Implementation

Identify Funding Sources to be Leveraged

Municipal Consent & Environmental Approvals

Public Outreach, Education & Involvement

Phase I: System Feasibility

Phase II: Solicitation for Partnership Proposals

Phase III: Development Agreement

Phase IV: Design and Construction

Phase V: MnPASS Operations

  • MnPASS System Study
  • Stakeholder Advisory Committee
  • Community & Industry Feedback
  • Identify Potential Systems
  • Request for Partnership Proposals (RFPP)
  • Evaluate Proposals
  • Select Proposals
  • Negotiate Development Agreements
  • Approval by Transportation Commissioner
  • Local Veto Period
  • Notice to Proceed
  • Ground Breaking
  • Open for Public Use
phase i system feasibility
Phase I: System Feasibility
  • MnPASS System Study Objectives:
    • Identify a potential Twin City Metro Area MnPASSsystem
    • Provide cost, operational, revenue and system implication information
    • Identify impacts that MnPASS will have on existing transportation system and policy plans
tasks timeframe



Tasks & Timeframe

Through June, 2005

study team

Project Management

Paul Czech

Mike Sobolewski

Consultant Team

Cambridge Systematics


Study Team

Steering Committee (James Hovland, Chair)

Met Council – Transportation Advisory Board:

Apple Valley Washington County Edina Excelsior Golden Valley Mendota Heights Minneapolis Anoka County White Bear Lake

Humphrey Institute

Minnesota House of Representatives (Ron Erhardt)

Minnesota Senate (Sharon Marko)


Technical Team(Paul Czech, Mike Sobolewski – Co-Chairs)


Met Council


key study assumptions
Key Study Assumptions
  • The new 2030 Met Council travel demand model will be used for this analysis
  • Study horizons:
    • Long Term (2030) to consider ultimate system
    • Short Term (2010, with 10 year work program) to consider immediate implementation opportunities
  • Two rounds of analysis are proposed – to allow for initial evaluation, and then fine tuning of concepts
key study assumptions10
Key Study Assumptions
  • Scenarios will be evaluated for up to three tolling policies
    • Maximize revenue
    • Maximize traffic flow
    • Mid-level
  • Corridors ranked according to development opportunity (e.g., high/medium/low)
  • Transit,HOVs & hybrids:
    • HOVs & buses free access to existing HOV lanes (I-394, I-35W South)
    • All other MnPASS lanes will be new capacity, with all traffic paying tolls except for transit vehicles
    • Limited off-model analysis of the potential impacts of allowing HOVs and hybrids into the MnPASS system
phase ii soliciting project proposals
Phase II: Soliciting Project Proposals
  • Corridors can be anywhere in the State
    • Interstate or State Trunk Highway systems
    • High Potential corridors identified in MnPASS System Study
  • Public cost participation considered for desirable projects that might otherwise not be feasible
    • Eligible projects include those in the 10-year work plan, STIP and bond funded projects.
    • Options should also recognize projects in Mn/DOT’s 20-year plan.
  • Willing to work with private partners to share revenue risks
    • Non-compete clauses will NOT be considered
    • Need to explore options to ensure predictable revenue sources
phase iii development agreement
Phase III: Development Agreement
  • Development agreement will define build, operation and maintenance responsibilities
    • Developer is responsible for construction
    • Developer is responsible for operating, maintaining and administering toll collections system
    • Mn/DOT provides ‘routine’ maintenance
public outreach
Local community involvement and support is key

Desire to engage communities early and often

MnPASS System Study

Regular and frequent contact with high potential corridor communities

Local veto provision contained in toll road enabling statute

Public Outreach

Minnesota Department ofTransportation

John DoanFAST Lanes Program Director 651/284-3605

Mike SobolewskiMetro District – Program Management 651/582-1375