Transportation Advisory Board

The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) was created by the state legislature in 1974. The purpose of the TAB is to accomplish the responsibilities designated by state and federal law and regulation with regard to transportation planning and programming for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, comprising the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.

The transportation planning process in the Twin Cities region is based on Minnesota statutes and the requirements of federal rules and regulations on urban transportation planning. The Metropolitan Council is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and is responsible for the continuing, cooperative and comprehensive (3C) planning process in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

The TAB, along with the Metropolitan Council and Technical Advisory Committee, serves as the certified MPO in compliance with federal law and rules and thereby qualifies the region for federal transportation planning, operating and construction funds. Therefore, the TAB is a key participant in the region's 3C transportation planning process.

The transportation planning process provides a basis for decision making and ensures that various points of view are heard and discussed when establishing transportation policy and allocating transportation funds.

The TAB

  • Provides a forum for deliberation among state, regional and local officials, transportation providers and private citizens to articulate their positions on issues that affect transportation planning and funding in the Twin Cities region.
  • Formally reviews and comments on the 2030 Regional Development Framework, the Transportation Policy Plan and other significant planning documents produced by the Metropolitan Council.
  • Provides comments during the development of other transportation documents prepared by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Metropolitan Airports Commission that are not product requirements of the 3C planning process, but are related to regional transportation policy.
  • Is responsible for soliciting and evaluating applications for federal transportation funding, and for conducting public hearings and adoption of the region's Transportation Improvement Program.

See list of TAB members and affiliations.

For more information about the TAB

Elaine Koutsoukos, TAB Coordinator, 651.602.1717,   Elaine.Koutsoukos@metc.state.mn.us