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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 System Plan Update (early 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

Truck Parking Availability System (2014)
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

Truck GPS Study (2014)
Using Truck Global Positioning System (GPS) Data for Freight Performance Analysis is a study that integrates private and public freight data sources to generate freight mobility and reliability measures. It identifies significant data impediments in the Twin Cities Metro and selected rural corridors. Contact: John Tompkins

DRAFT Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan (2014)
The Minnesota Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan is an effort to achieve the goals set forth in MnDOT's Minnesota GO and the objectives of the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan. In an era of constrained resources, Minnesotans benefit from the unique capabilities and competitive advantages offered by the state’s ports and waterways – particularly, increased shipping options, cost savings, and access to distant markets. Contact: Matthew Pahs