|Financial Audit Division||Released November 29, 2018|
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is the state agency responsible for operating the MnPASS program. MnPASS express lanes help reduce congestion on some of the busiest roads in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Buses, motorcycles, and vehicles with two or more occupants can use the dedicated express lanes free during peak travel times. Solo motorists pay a fee when they choose to use the MnPASS lanes during peak travel periods.
The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) conducted this selected scope audit to determine whether the department had adequate internal controls and complied with significant finance-related legal requirements related to the MnPASS program. The period under examination went from July 2014 through February 2018.
The Department of Transportation’s internal controls over the MnPASS program were generally adequate. For the transactions tested, the department generally complied with significant finance-related legal requirements. However, OLA found one recordkeeping issue with the specific accounts for each MnPASS corridor.
The Department of Transportation did not maintain accurate account balances for each MnPASS corridor account.