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News Release

February 9, 2010



Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Communications
395 John Ireland Blvd.
Mail Stop 150
St. Paul, MN 55155-1899

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Mn/DOT adopts freight, passenger rail and transit plans

Plans reflect Mn/DOT's increased multi-modal focus for transportation


ST. PAUL, Minn. —The Minnesota Department of Transportation today adopted  its first Minnesota Comprehensive Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan and a new 20-year Greater Minnesota Transit Plan.


The Comprehensive Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan, mandated by the 2008 Minnesota Legislature, will guide Mn/DOT’s statewide rail initiatives and investments and will make Minnesota eligible for federal funding.


“The state rail plan is a strategic vision for a future rail system that improves access to goods and services and enhances the movement of people and freight,” said Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel.


The Greater Minnesota Transit Plan analyzes future levels of funding and investment strategies needed to meet the transit service needs of people in Greater Minnesota to 2030.


This plan assists Mn/DOT in working with local transit providers and other stakeholders to maximize efficiencies and leverage funds,” Sorel said.


As directed by the Minnesota Legislature, an investment plan will be completed in 2010 to determine the level of funding required to meet 80 percent of unmet transit service needs in greater Minnesota by 2015 and 90 percent by 2025.


Both plans will be incorporated into the 2009-2028 Minnesota Statewide Transportation Plan.


“These are not just Mn/DOT’s plans,” Sorel added. “They were developed after extensive interaction with the public and transportation stakeholders. They reflect Mn/DOT’s vision of providing a safe, reliable and modern transportation system that meets the needs of all users.”


The Minnesota Comprehensive Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan, the Greater Minnesota Transit Plan 2010-2030 and the 2009-2028 Minnesota Statewide Transportation Plan are available online at mndot.gov. Look under “News” for links to these plans.


Paper copies of both plans will be available for review at the Mn/DOT Central Office in St. Paul, 395 John Ireland Blvd., or at district headquarters offices throughout the state by Tuesday, Feb. 16. To request these documents in an alternative format call 651-366-4720 or e-mail ADArequest@dot.state.mn.us.