Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Freight Planning and Development in Minnesota


MnDOT integrates freight planning in its overall programs.

Current projects and studies

2015 Statewide Freight Plan Update (Summer 2015)
The Statewide Freight Plan update will be developed to provide guidelines in project development, investment, and operational decision in accordance with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The Plan will highlight best practices, Minnesota initiatives, cooperative partnerships and associations. Contact: John Tompkins

2015 Statewide Rail Plan Update (Spring 2015)
Now in process for its legislatively manded five-year update, the Minnesota State Rail Plan will provide an overall vision for effective use of the state’s freight and passenger rail network and its future development. The plan will identify priority rail corridors, programs, and projects that offer effective improvements or expansion for passenger and freight travel in and out of Minnesota. Contact: Dave Christianson

Truck Parking Availability System (Spring 2015)
MnDOT, in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the American Trucking Research Institute, are testing the implementation and deployment of a comprehensive system to identify trucks and truck parking spaces and to disseminate parking availability information to truck drivers and carrier to improve their operational decision-making along the I-94 corridor west of the Twin Cities. Contact: John Tompkins

Recently completed studies (2010-15)