Rail transportation shapes our lives in Minnesota in many ways. Shipping freight on rail lines allows us to move goods through the state and provides access to global markets. Below you'll find some basic information about the railroads that operate in Minnesota.
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.
Railroads operating in Minnesota
Rail safety and education
Frequently asked questions about Minnesota statutes related to grade crossings
Federal Railroad Administration
Minnesota Rail Service Improvement program (MRSI)
This program allows rail users and rail carriers to rehabilitate deteriorating rail lines, improve rail-shipping opportunities, and preserve and maintain abandoned rail corridors for future transportation use.
Hot Topic: MnDOT vacates Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) and negative declaration for the proposed Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern (MN&S) Freight Rail Relocation
- MnDOT Resolution Letter
- MN&S Environmental Quality Board Resolution Letter
- Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority Letter to MnDOT dated 12-19-2011 (PDF 57 KB)
- MN&S Freight Rail Study Website