Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Freight Maps, Data, Tools, and Resources

MnDOT integrates freight planning in its overall programs.


Data and Tools

Freight Facilities Database

Contact: Matt Pahs

The database includes freight-generating facilities in Minnesota, categorized by business type, commodity, and/or location. Maps and attribute tables can be generated to support integrated, multimodal transportation planning.

With this information, MnDOT is able to:

  • develop, evaluate, and prioritize investment decisions and infrastructure needs that consider freight;
  • identify corridors of high freight activity and plan growth along priority corridors; and
  • create the foundation for commodity flow modeling.

Rail Grade Crossing Improvement Program (RGCIP)

Contact: Tim Spencer

RGCIP is a tool that maintains an accurate, timely and consistent grade crossing and rail infrastructure inventory as well as project, financial, and crash information.

Freight Planning Information System

Contact: Peter Dahlberg

This data tool assists MnDOT in making informed, efficient, and effective decisions and investments regarding modal and intermodal freight needs. This tool is used to:

  • capture data about goods movements, particularly origins and destinations of major freight flows;
  • develop commodity flow modeling; and
  • support MnDOT's focus on corridor-level management and analysis.


FHWA Freight Planning

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