Transportation Planning

Ensuring effective investments in the region’s future

Expensive infrastructure investments require careful planning. As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Twin Cities metro area, we prepare a 20-year regional transportation plan, the 2030 Transportation Policy Plan, that responds to projected regional growth and ensures the most effective investment of public resources.

Working on LRT Tracks

Regional solicitation of projects seeking federal funding

With our local partners on the Transportation Advisory Board, we allocate federal funding  for regionally significant transportation projects. These projects become part of the four-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), updated at least every two years. We engage a broad group of interested citizens and advocacy groups in developing the TIP.


People waiting for train

Our vision for transit

To fuel economic growth, meet the demands of a growing and changing population, and compete successfully in the global economy, the Council’s goal is to double transit ridership from 2004 levels by 2030. More about our vision for transit and how to achieve it, including a video on the value of an up-to-date, connected transportation system in our state.


Biker on road

Planes, autos, bicycles and more

Under state law, we work with our state, regional and local partners to plan a multi-modal transportation system that supports the regional economy. Learn more about our other transportation planning responsibilities.