Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Freight Maps, Data, Tools, and Resources


MnDOT integrates freight planning in its overall programs.

Maps

Data and Tools

FHWA Freight Analysis Framework (FAF)

Contact: Matt Pahs

The Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) 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. MnDOT has current and forecasted freight flows to 2030 based on these state-to-state forecasts. http://faf.ornl.gov/ For a guide, click here.

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.

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 Crossing Information Database

Contact: Tim Spencer

This is a database that enables MnDOT to:

  • maintain an accurate, timely and consistent rail crossing and infrastructure inventory
  • maintain project, financial, and crash information.

Resources

FHWA Freight Planning

Bureau of Transportation Statistics