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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appoints state rail director

Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Alene Tchourumoff to the newly created role of the state rail director. Tchourumoff will lead efforts to pursue railroad infrastructure improvements and ensure safety along the 4,400 miles of track in Minnesota.
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MnDOT study prioritizes rail safety improvements

Safety improvements at highway/rail grade crossings along crude-by-rail corridors are the focus of a Minnesota Department of Transportation study that identifies locations where improvements will make the transport of oil safer for residents, workers and emergency responders.

Quiet zones: Have you heard?

A quiet zone is a railroad corridor section(s) where train crews do not routinely sound the horn at highway crossings. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) oversees the requirements to establish Quiet Zones; in Minnesota, local governments are responsible for all costs associated with these zones.

A railroad segment may qualify for an FRA Quiet Zone designation if supplemental or alternative crossing improvements are made to mitigate safety by the lost train horn. Improvements may be crossing closures, one-way conversions, quad gates, medians and signs and pavement markings. Learn more.

New USDOT emergency actions designed to keep oil shipments safe

All railroads that operate trains containing large amounts of Bakken crude oil — approximately 35 tank cars — are now required to notify State Emergency Response Commissions about these trains operating through the state, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Notifications must include estimated volumes of Bakken crude oil being transported, frequencies of anticipated train traffic and the route through which Bakken crude oil will be transported. Click here to view the Emergency Order, or here for the Safety Advisory.

MnDOT teams up to improve Great Northern Corridor Coalition

Minnesota Department of Transportation is working actively with neighboring states to improve the Great Northern Corridor into a globally competitive, seamless and multistate freight corridor consisting of rail and road networks. Visit their site to learn more.

Need to conduct work on MnDOT right-of-way?

If you are a railroad, contractor, or other group needing to work on or over the limits of a trunk highway, it's important to contact MnDOT before starting this work. Here's who to contact in each district.