Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee
The Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the addressing of issues between MnDOT and the private sector to develop and promote a safe, reliable, and efficient freight transportation system. MFAC is designed to be a partnership between government and business to exchange ideas, recommend policy and actions that promote safety, productivity and sustainable freight transportation systems in Minnesota.
Minnesota's freight planning activities, including the establishment of the Freight Advisory Committee, are driven by MnDOT's desire to better understand freight flows within the State and their relationship to economic competitiveness.
The Committee was established in 1998 specifically to:
- Ensure freight transportation needs are taken into account in the planning, research, investment and operation of Minnesota's transportation system.
- Establish guidelines to measure and manage the state's freight transportation needs.
- Provide input and direction to MnDOT on freight transportation policies, needs and issues.
- Give support and input to program and research areas for MnDOT and Center for Transportation Studies follow-up.
- Represent the needs of freight transportation to the public, elected officials, and other public agencies and organizations.
The committee, which was recently restructured, consists of representatives from private sector shippers and freight forwarders; carriers; modal entities including independent transportation authorities and private infrastructure owners; industry associations; planning and economic development agencies; local and tribal governments; freight industry workforce; academia; and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.