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Help us develop the 2015 Minnesota Statewide Freight System Plan! Your response to this short survey will help us understand how well the freight system in Minnesota meets your needs. Don't worry — it should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete, and your responses are kept confidential.

NOTE: An accessible text-only survey is available here. To request this survey in an alternative format, please call 651-366-4720 or email janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us or adarequest.dot@state.mn.us.

Thank you for your time and opinion!

Key tasks

  • Minnesota’s passenger and freight rail improvement strategy will be detailed, including Minnesota’s passenger and freight rail impact on the economy, the state’s ability to meet national passenger and freight rail goals, and the economic factors that increase growth and competitive edge.
  • An assessment of Minnesota’s current rail system demand will include an overview of the current system’s condition and performance (e.g. bottlenecks, performance and safety) and an evaluation of current freight transportation assets such as freight modal facilities and border crossings.
  • An assessment of Minnesota’s future rail system demand will forecast the state’s ability to handle projected freight and passenger growth. A 20-year forecast will identify trends, needs and issues and analyze strengths and weaknesses.
  • Performance-based metrics will measure performance of the overall infrastructure and evaluate the effectiveness of Minnesota’s freight and passenger rail system to serve passenger and shipper needs (e.g. profiles for districts).
  • Best practices in national rail planning will be used, such as metro area coordination and issues, other states' practices, funding, long-range planning, organizational structure, data and analytical tools, private sector participation, and multi-jurisdictional coordination.