Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Freight Rail Economic Development (FRED) Study

Freight rail is vital to economic development in Minnesota.

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Final report

View the report (PDF, 2.77 MB)

Legislative report

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Videos

  • Video 1: Recommendations for Minnesota Freight Rail Economic Development

  • Video 2: The Benefits of Freight Rail Economic Developments

Maps, data and tools for industry and partners

Minnesota railroads move a large percentage of the state's goods, as shown by the arrival and departure of multiple trains and hundreds of railcars in this railroad terminal.

Major railroad activity in Minnesota.

As rail service expands, one of the emerging markets is expedited shipments of perishable food products in refrigerated trains.

Emerging markets for railroad shipments.