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Freight Maps, Data and Tools


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Minnesota Freight Maps
Title Year PDF File Size
Minnesota Freight Railroad Map
Minnesota Freight Railroad Map, Train Volumes and Speeds (Poster size)
1 MB
6 MB
Minnesota Freight Railroad Map - Shortlines 2015 1 MB
Twin Cities Area Freight Railroad Map
Twin Cities Area Freight Railroad Map, Train Volumes and Speeds (Poster size)
1 MB
2 MB
Rail Project Managers Area Map 2017 451 KB
State Rail Bank Corridors 2008 856 KB
Intermodal Terminals in Minnesota 2012 936 KB
Minnesota Freight Facilities 2010 1.4 MB
Oversize/Overweight Superload Corridors 2013 3 MB
Minnesota Twin Trailer Network 2019 244 KB
Truck Freight Tonnage 2013 3.7 MB
DRAFT Southeastern Minnesota Frac Sand Facilities 2013 2 MB

Data and Tools

FHWA Freight Analysis Framework

Contact: Andrew Andrusko

The Freight Analysis Framework is an accepted standard for analyzing origins and destinations of major freight flows. FAF uses an economic model of the United States to forecast commodity shipments and support MnDOT's focus on corridor-level management and analysis. MnDOT has current and forecasted freight flows to 2030 based on these state-to-state forecasts. See FAF tool and for more information, see the user's guide.

Freight Facilities Database

Contact: Andrew Andrusko

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.

Rail Crossing Information Database

Contact: Amy Johnson

MnDOT has developed a new rail crossing database called Blackcat Rail. This database enables MnDOT to maintain an accurate, timely and consistent rail crossing and infrastructure inventory as well as maintain project, financial, and crash information.

Freight Networks

Minnesota Freight Networks Information

Contact: Andrew Andrusko

The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans, manages and coordinates freight networks on behalf of the state of Minnesota. A short guidebook explaining each of the networks and systems is available below. The MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations works to develop connected freight, railroad and waterway network systems to integrate into future transportation planning.

MnDOT has developed a comprehensive freight networks guide that contains details about each type of freight network. Click here for more information: Minnesota Freights Guide

Several critical corridors on the roadway network in Minnesota were selected for funding under the Minnesota Highway Freight Program (MHFP). To see each of the projects in the MHFP, here is a link to the ArcGIS Online Map.