Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Minnesota State Rail Plan

About the plan

As part of Minnesota's Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan, the Minnesota State Rail Plan provides a framework for freight and passenger railway transportation in the state. The purpose of the plan is to:

  • Establish guidelines and priorities for transportation decisions affecting railways statewide
  • Ensure efficient, competitive services are available to rail customers
  • Optimize passenger and freight access to local and global markets
  • Ensure Minnesota receives federal grants that support capital investment in Minnesota railways

Plan goals

The plan will ensure MnDOT's overall transportation plan will take into account the need for an effective freight and passenger rail network. Data collected in the 2015 planning process will be included in updates to the state rail plan so that priority rail corridors will remain current.