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District Freight Planning

Overview

The District Freight Plans will outline how MnDOT Districts and public and private sector freight stakeholders should move forward in freight planning, investment and operations. The intent is to leverage, validate and expand on existing studies and plans with current data analysis in order to identify priorities for freight within the District.

Request for Proposals

MnDOT has now posted a multi-award Request For Proposals (RFP). Through this solicitation, MnDOT will be hiring up to three consultant teams to complete the District Freight Plans for the following Districts: 2 (Northwest), 3 (Central) and 8 (Southwest). Each District represents one contract that will result from this RFP.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s District 1 (D1) covers almost one‐quarter of Minnesota’s land area and is made up of eight counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis. This region owes its historic development and continued economic well‐being to a freight transportation network that supports the safe and efficient movement of iron ore, timber, and manufactured goods such as metal and paper products. This extensive network includes the highways of I‐35, US‐2, US‐53, and US‐169, major rail lines owned by the Canadian National (CN) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railways, and ports in Duluth, Two Harbors, and Silver Bay.

CPCS Transcom was selected to lead the D1 Freight Plan through a single award RFP process in May 2018.

Advisory Committee

Andy Hubley, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Bryan Anderson/Duane Hill, MnDOT District One

Charles Lemon, Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Chris Ismil, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRB)

Cindy Voigt, City of Duluth

Darren Juntunen, Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Dena Young, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)

Jim Foldesi, St. Louis County

John Barnes, Canadian National Intermodal

Kelsey Johnson, Iron Mining Association

Ken Gerasimos, Great Lakes Fleet

Kris Reisenburg, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Leo Naumann, Jeff Foster Trucking

Andrew Andrusko, MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations

Ray Higgins, Minnesota Timber Producers Association

Ron Dvorak, Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee

Ron Chicka, Duluth Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council

Richard Stewart, University of Wisconsin Superior

Shaker Rabban, MnDOT Office of Transportation System Management

Technical Team

Andy Hubley, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Bryan Anderson, MnDOT District One

Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Andrew Andrusko, MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations

Ron Chicka, Duluth Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council

Shaker Rabban, MnDOT Office of Transportation System Management

Working Papers

Upcoming Meetings

Committee Meeting
February 7, 2019
District 1
1123 Mesaba Avenue
Duluth MN, 55811
Advisory Committee 9am – 12pm
Technical Team 12-2pm

Past Meetings

January 16, 2019 - Plan Open House

November 30, 2018
Advisory Committee Meeting Summary

September 14, 2018
Advisory Committee Presentation