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Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan

Minnesota’s highest level policy plan for transportation

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How to use this plan

As the highest policy plan for transportation in Minnesota, the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP) provides objectives, performance measures, strategies and actions to move Minnesota’s transportation system forward. These collectively make up the policy direction that answers, “How are we going to achieve a multimodal transportation system that maximizes the health of people, the environment and our economy?”

Not all of the strategies and actions can be implemented right away. Some will require more time, support and funding. Also, it is important to achieve near-term successes while laying the groundwork for larger and more complex strategies and actions to follow.

Everyone has a role in implementing the policy direction in this plan and ensuring the success of the transportation system.


Agencies and organizations responsible for transportation decisions at the local level. This includes cities, counties, townships, public transit providers, ports, airports, etc.


Minnesota is home to 11 reservations and 12 federally recognized sovereign Tribal Nations with jurisdiction over lands and resources within Minnesota: Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Lower Sioux Indian Community, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Prairie Island Indian Community, Red Lake Nation, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Upper Sioux Community and White Earth Nation. Minnesota is also home to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is a federally recognized tribal government for its member tribes (Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth). In addition, Minnesota contains lands owned by the Ho-Chunk Nation, which does not have a reservation. The Ho-Chunk Nation’s lands are primarily located in Wisconsin.


Agencies and organizations involved in regional planning, programming and economic development. This includes metropolitan planning organizations and regional development organizations.


Agencies and organizations with a statewide mission and interest in or impact on transportation. This includes the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board and Explore Minnesota Tourism.


Agencies and organizations that provide federal funding and have policies that impact planning, implementation and maintenance of the transportation system. This includes the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Transit Administration. Other federal agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Commerce/Economic Development Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also impact transportation decisions.


Companies that own and operate transportation services. These include railroads, terminal operators and shipping companies as well as developers, construction companies, consultants, etc.


Agencies and organizations that are advocates, academics, community-based organizations and chambers of commerce.


State and federal legislators, community leaders and the general public are active participants in the state’s transportation system. Everyone can contribute to transportation decisions by participating in public engagement, boards, committees, councils and legislative processes related to transportation.

Overview of the plan

The SMTP is divided into seven chapters. The following is a brief summary of what can be found in each chapter.

CHAPTER 1 WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACHIEVE sets the scene with the Minnesota GO Vision for the transportation system now and in years to come.

CHAPTER 2 WHERE ARE WE NOW discusses the state of the transportation system. It describes the current use and condition of the system and how transportation is funded.

CHAPTER 3 WHAT IS CHANGING describes key trends impacting transportation: population, economy, environment, technology, safety and transportation behavior.

CHAPTER 4 WHAT IS DIRECTING THIS PLAN describes public engagement activities for the plan. It also includes information on recent changes to planning and programming considerations and requirements.

CHAPTER 5 HOW WILL WE GUIDE OURSELVES MOVING FORWARD presents objectives, performance measures, strategies and actions that will guide Minnesota toward the Minnesota GO Vision over the next two decades.

CHAPTER 6 WHAT IS NEXT FOR MnDOT outlines a work plan with steps MnDOT will take to advance the plan’s objectives, strategies and actions and how progress will be tracked in the next five years. The chapter also outlines how this plan will influence MnDOT’s other statewide plans.

CHAPTER 7 HOW WILL WE IMPLEMENT THE SMTP?” identifies who has a role in implementing strategies, actions and considerations for preparing for the change needed to move Minnesota’s transportation system forward and essential practices for SMTP implementation.