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More Enforcement Planned for MnPASS Express Lanes

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August 16, 2016 01:42 PM

You’re about to see more enforcement when it comes to MnPASS Express Lanes.

An enforcement partnership will kick off Wednesday, meaning six Minnesota State Patrol troopers will be enforcing the MnPASS Express Lanes on interstates 35E, 394 and 35W during peak travel times Mondays through Fridays.

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The enforcement is a two-year pilot partnership between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol.

MnDOT officials say the goal is to cut down on the number of motorists who use the lanes illegally while also enhancing safety and free-flowing traffic conditions in the lanes.

MnPASS Express Lanes are designed for solo drivers to use by paying an electronic fee. Small, two-axle trucks weighing less than 26,000 pounds can also open an account and use the express lanes, and transit buses, carpools with two or more people and motorcycles can use the express lanes for free, according to MnDOT.

While the troopers will specifically be focused on those who violate the MnPASS regulations, they will also be paying attention to other dangerous driving behaviors on the interstates.

See how MnPASS works here.

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