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District 7

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Freight, Rail and Waterways

MnDOT’s Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations improves the performance of the multimodal freight transportation system serving Minnesota by planning and delivering freight infrastructure projects, and by ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations.

The 2016 Statewide Freight System Plan provides a policy framework and strategies for MnDOT and other freight stakeholders to guide planning and investment in various transportation modes. Developed cooperatively with private and other public entities, the comprehensive plan also provides guidelines in project development and operational decisions, in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act.

District 7 has a diverse industrial base consisting of agriculture, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, education, and transportation. Unique regional freight issues in District 7 include ethanol, agricultural growth, and access to intermodal terminals and infrastructure. Major commodities include farm products, non-metallic minerals, and food products.

Multimodal Freight Planning

Manufacturers’ Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System: A Pilot Study in Southwest and West Central Minnesota

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 Southwest Minnesota Regional Freight Study (2007) 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 7 does not have direct access to a commercially-navigable waterway.

Contact

Bill Gardner
Director, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations 651-366-3665 william.gardner@state.mn.us