Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Railroads in Minnesota

Railroads operating in Minnesota.

News and Notices

2014 construction program announced

MnDOT's 2014 construction program includes work on 29 projects statewide that will improve safety at port and railroad crossings. An additional 74 projects in the Twin Cities and 194 projects in Greater Minnesota will improve highways, bridges and other infrastructure. The work includes projects funded by the Corridors of Commerce program, a bonding effort aimed at improving roadways for freight travel.

For a complete list of projects, including construction dates, traffic impacts and maps, visit www.mndot.gov/construction. You can also stay up-to-date on the program throughout the construction season by reading Newsline.

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.

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.