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Feb. 14, 2020

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Central Minnesota manufacturers, freight carriers, businesses offer advice to MnDOT to improve future transportation planning

BAXTER, Minn. — To better understand freight customers’ transportation priorities and challenges, the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 3, which covers 13 counties in central Minnesota, recently completed 125 interviews with area businesses as part of its Manufacturers’ Perspective study. That information will now be compiled into a report to help MnDOT’s future planning and project development.

MnDOT interviewed manufacturers and other freight haulers in central Minnesota with the goals to:

  • Better understand business perspectives and priorities for transportation
  • Better align the transportation system with shippers’ needs with low-cost, high-value solutions
  • Support continuous improvement at MnDOT with on-going input from this customer segment.

“Feedback from these interviews will help us learn what works and what we can improve on to provide a more responsive transportation system throughout central Minnesota,” said District 3 Engineer Mike Ginnaty. Ginnaty added, “The interviews also allowed us the opportunity to create long-term relationships with manufacturers in our region who rely on our transportation system daily.”

Since 2013, representatives from MnDOT and regional economic development groups have been interviewing Minnesota businesses to get feedback and better understand their specific freight transportation needs. The information is recorded and analyzed before being implemented by each district throughout the state.

To learn more about the Manufacturers’ Perspective study visit, mndot.gov/mps.

To learn more about MnDOT District 3 in central Minnesota, visit mndot.gov/d3/about.html.

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