Now in process for its legislatively mandated five-year update, the Minnesota State Rail Plan will provide an overall vision for effective use of the state’s freight and passenger rail network and its future development. The plan will identify priority rail corridors, programs, and projects that offer effective improvements or expansion for passenger and freight travel in and out of Minnesota.
District Freight Plans (ongoing)
The District Freight Plans will outline how MnDOT Districts and public- and private-sector freight stakeholders should move forward in freight planning, investment and operations. The intent is to leverage, validate and expand on existing studies and plans with current data analysis in order to identify priorities for freight within the District.
State Freight Plan (January 2018)
The 2018 Minnesota Statewide Freight System and Investment Plan provides a policy framework and strategies for MnDOT, the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee (MFAC) and other freight stakeholders to guide planning and investment in various transportation modes. MnDOT revised the 2016 version of the plan to incorporate a Freight Investment Plan chapter to comply with requirements in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The Freight Investment Plan chapter connects to the Minnesota Highway Freight Program by identifying and list each of the successfully funded projects across the state. The Investment chapter will be updated in the future as new projects are funded.
Ports Plan (ongoing)
Continued efforts to improve the state’s ports and waterways system along with the planning for future updates to the Statewide Ports and Waterways Plan is ongoing. Strategies to enhance the efficient movement of cargo by waterway are being coordinated with public and private sector stakeholders.
Truck Parking Study (2019)
In collaboration with the trucking and truck stop industry, MnDOT has begun a truck parking study to assess the needs for safety across the state for commercial truck parking. The study aligns with the federal update to the Jason’s Law Survey, which provides information on a national basis about the needs for safe places to park and rest. The results of the study will be used to inform future improvements and coordination between the public and private sectors throughout Minnesota.
In addition, MnDOT recently implemented a Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS) that uses electronic signs to show real time truck parking availability at major rest areas on key interstate routes in Minnesota. TPIMS is part of ongoing efforts to make it easier to find truck parking.
Weight Enforcement Investment Plan (Summer 2019)
The Weight Enforcement Investment Plan is a joint effort between MnDOT and the Minnesota State Patrol to develop a statewide 10 year plan of capital, operational and safety investments to ensure the safety of motorists and truckers across the state. The plan will inform future investments to carry out the commercial vehicle weight and safety program. This planning effort is currently in progress and outreach meetings have been held in each MnDOT District and region of the state with a variety of stakeholders. The overall focus of this effort is on physical infrastructure, staffing and maintenance. This effort does not specifically address commercial vehicle regulations.