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Southeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP 6)

MnDOT District 6 includes Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona counties.
Contacts for Metro District

Solicitations

F.Y. 2026 road and bridge project solicitation

Transportation alternatives

Transportation Alternatives FY 2027 Solicitation Coming Fall 2022

Background

An ATP is a group of traditional and non-traditional Transportation Planning Partners including representatives from MnDOT, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), Regional Development Commissions (RDC), counties, cities, tribal governments, special interests, and the public that have the responsibility of developing a regional transportation improvement program for their area of the state. The ATP process was introduced in the early 1990’s to ensure stakeholder participation in the investment of federal transportation funding. The ATP process provides for early and continuous involvement in the development of the State Transportation Improvement Plan, a four year list of projects that are expected to be done within that timeframe.

Project programming

Each year, an Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) is developed that lists the state, regional, and local transportation priorities for the 11 counties encompassed by MnDOT District 6.  The regional priorities listed in the ATIP are then recommended for inclusion in Minnesota’s STIP.

An update to the ATIP is done yearly and is based on the state fiscal year beginning in July and ending in June.  Updated draft ATIPs are available and posted in mid-April.  Here are links to the draft 2023-2026 local and MnDOT ATIP projects as submitted to ATP 6 for approval.

Here is a link to the latest approved District ATIP:

Provide comments on the ATIP using this comment form link.

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. FHWA and MnDOT have developed Guidance for STIP Amendments and Administrative Modifications (PDF).

For information specific to ATP 6’s MPO projects, the following links can be used:

For information specific to a transit project in ATP-6 or transit project selection, the following link can be used.

Project change process

In ATP 6, changes specific to the approved ATIP projects are listed in the monthly Meeting Notes and are also listed on a statewide summary of changes on the Office of Planning and Programming’s STIP webpage under STIP links.

ATP 6’s pending and approved federal formal amendments can be viewed via this link STIP Formal Amendments which is a statewide summary.

ATP 6 schedule of activities

  • September - January: Solicit projects
  • February: Develop regional lists
  • March - April: Develop Draft ATIP
  • May: Public Review and Comment
  • June: Draft STIP review and comment
  • July - August: STIP Approval by Commissioner
  • September - October: STIP Approval by Federal Transportation Authorities

Upcoming meetings

Meetings occur the 2nd Friday of the month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public.

  • September 9, 2022 - In-person and Virtual
  • October 14, 2022 - In-person and Virtual
  • November 10, 2022 (please note this is a Thursday due to Friday being a holiday) - In-person and Virtual
  • December 9, 2022 - In-person and Virtual
  • January 13, 2023 - In-person and Virtual
  • February 10, 2023 (longer meeting due to TA Presentations) - In-person and Virtual
  • March 10, 2023 - In-person and Virtual
  • April 14, 2023 - In-person and Virtual
  • May 12, 2023 - In-person and Virtual

* In person meeting will be held at the MnDOT District 6 Headquarters Building.

*  For virtual meeting links, please see the meeting agenda.  Agendas will be posted a minimum of 3-days prior to scheduled meeting date.

Meeting notes, agendas and documents

ATP 6 operating procedures & policies

Note: ATP 6 reviews operating procedures yearly at the September or October meeting for any improvements or updates needed to procedures or policies.  If updates are needed a sub-committee will be created for recommending updates.

Members

The District 6 ATP includes MnDOT staff, city, county and Tribal representatives and representatives from local metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs).

ATP 6 MPO members:

Questions of comments?

ATP 6 welcomes comments and questions on ATP activities including ATIP project programming.  Submit your comments and questions using this comment form link.

Or contact:

Heather Lukes
Planning Director of Transportation
(507) 286-7552
heather.lukes@state.mn.us