The Transportation Planning program plans and coordinates the construction and maintenance of viable roads, rails, air and trail systems to support business, personal and recreational transportation.

The program goal is to coordinate planning methods with the Minnesota Department of 
Transportation (MnDOT), regional and local units of government. The program also looks 
to identify short- and long-term transportation problems in Northwest Minnesota.

Greater Minnesota Transportation Alternatives Solicitation Grant Opportunity

The Transportation Alternatives Solicitation is a competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. Minnesota will be soliciting projects for approximately $6.2 million in available grant funding across the state where the total is sub-targeted to the seven area transportation partnerships.

For more information, visit Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Please take note of the schedule for this year:


  • Thursday, October 1st, 2020 – Announce TA solicitation. Open letter of intent period.

  • Friday, October 30th, 2020 – Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.

  • Friday, November 13th, 2020 – Deadline for RDO/MPO/district review of letters of intent. Recommendation to proceed forward with full application given to applicants.

  • Monday, November 16th, 2020 – Official start of full application period.

  • Friday, January 8th, 2021 – Deadline for applicants to submit full applications.

  • Thursday, April 15th, 2021 – Deadline for ATPs to select TA projects.

Funding Partners

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

NWRDC Tax Levy

Service Programs

•    Recreational Trail, Rail, Scenic Byway, Red River Bridge,
        Safe Routes to School & Aeronautics Planning
•    Road, Trail Network, GIS & GPS Mapping
•    Assist with Road, Enhancement & Trails Grant Applications
•    Gather Data or Statistical Information
•    Provide Transportation Information Technology
•    Provide Public Input for MnDOT Fund Allocations
•    Functional Road Classification
•    Tech Support for County & State Planning Professionals
•    Manage a Bike Fleet for School Education
•    Highway Corridor Studies
•    Port of Entry Issues


The NWRDC addresses the need for region-wide transportation planning through the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC provides a channel of communication between the general public, local officials and MnDOT.


The TAC meets quarterly to review issues concerning transportation and makes recommendations to the NWRDC Board, NWRDC Commission and MnDOT.

Program Description

The TAC monitors current developments in the road, transit, air, and rail systems of the region to efficiently assess the transportation needs of the region. The committee is a fact finding group to the NWRDC Board of Directors and Commission on matters of transportation. Included in their activities are: examining the existing transportation system, evaluation of federal, state and local transportation plans, identifying the transportation needs and requirements of the region, providing an arena for local input on transportation matters, developing public awareness of transportation planning, and working closely with MnDOT District 2 engineers and planning staff, as well as County Engineers and other transportation officials.

Areawide Transportation Partnerships (ATPs)

The 2018-2021 STIP was developed using programs specified under MAP-21 and the current transportation bill FAST Act, which was signed into law December 5, 2015. The ATP updates the STIP annually and once approved by the US DOT/FTA, the State Transportation Improvement Program for Minnesota is available on the Internet at the following address:


The Northwest District ATP has been organized according to MnDOT District 2 State Aid Boundaries to include the counties of Kittson, Marshall, Roseau, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, Norman, Hubbard, Beltrami, Lake of the Woods and Clearwater. Representatives from a variety of entities including cities, counties, MnDOT district 2, transit, industry, tribal, and RDC and MPO are included in the ATP.


The District 2 ATP meets each year to develop a Four-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP includes federally funded transportation projects such as local roads and bridges, trunk highways, enhancements, rail projects and transit vehicles. Each year the ATP developed plans for the TIP.  The TIP lays out the three-year plan for federally funded transportation projects, with emphasis being placed on the current year.   TIP’s will be combined into a State TIP which will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for approval and funding distribution.


Mn/DOT District 2 receives Federal dollars annually from the current transportation bill.  This combined with the states district 2 annual allocation is the funding used to build projects in Mn/DOT District 2.

If you have any questions concerning this process, please contact the NWRDC.

Click here to see Northwest District ATP Members

Northwest Regional Transportation
Coordination Council (NWRTCC)

The NWRTCC consists of stakeholders from each of the Northwest Regional Development Commission’s 7-county region. Counties include Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Norman.


The Council is interested in transit mobility to increase service efficiencies and availability in each of the 7-counties. The intent of the NWRTCC will be improving mobility for the public, “transportation disadvantaged” older adults, individuals with disabilities, individuals with low income and/or military veterans.


The NWRTCC wants to improve transit coordination throughout the region using a mobility manager to coordinate rides and act as a travel trainer teaching people how to ride the buses.

Upcoming NWRTCC Meeting Dates:


All meetings will be held at the 

Pennington County Joint Use Facility

250 125th Avenue NE

Thief River Falls, MN

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

October 29, 2020



Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)

United States Department of Transportation

 Troy Schroeder 

Transportation Director  |  (218) 745-9107

Transportation Plans



Safe Routes to School
Ada Borup Public School

Fosston Public School

Bike and Trails Plan

Pennington County

Regional Transportation Coordinating Council

RTCC Operational Plan 


Regional Transportation Coordination

Council Coordinator  |  (218) 745-9139

Lynnell Simonson Popowski




8:00 am - 4:30 pm



109 S Minnesota Street
Warren, MN 56762

P  |  (218) 745-6733

F  |  (218) 745-6438


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