Freight, Rail and Waterways
District 3 has a diverse industrial base consisting of manufacturing, construction, healthcare, education, transportation, agriculture and forestry. The district’s diverse economy and growing population combined with strong tourism, contribute to unique transportation challenges for this region. Unique regional freight issues in District 3 include access to intermodal ports and infrastructure, cross-border uniformity, and crude by rail. Major commodities include coal, non-metallic minerals, and transportation equipment.
Multimodal Freight Planning
In 2013, MnDOT initiated a pilot project in southwest and west central Minnesota in order to better understand freight customers’ transportation priorities and challenges, and to incorporate their input into MnDOT’s planning and project development. The Manufacturers’ Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System: A Pilot Study in Southwest and West Central Minnesota was completed in February 2014.
The Central Minnesota Regional Freight Study (PDF) (2012) identified significant industry trends, highlighted commercial logistics issues, and suggested improvements in goods movement for Minnesota industries.
Visit the MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations for information on statewide freight plans and studies.
Ports and Waterways
District 3 does not have direct access to a commercially-navigable waterway.
Director, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations 651-366-3665 firstname.lastname@example.org