With numerous Class I railroads and 14 Class III short line railroads, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is interested in the economic significance of freight rail to business development. Short line railroads serve an important role as they connect rail shippers to Class 1 railroads, which enables shippers to cost-efficiently move their products and strengthen Minnesota’s economy – access to rail is a key consideration as sites are evaluated for new business.
The Minnesota Freight Rail Economic Development Study identified opportunities for shippers, railroads, and economic development and transportation agencies to more effectively support expanded local rail access, complementary business development, and improved rail and intermodal service options for the Minnesota freight rail network. SRF was a member of the consultant team working with MnDOT.
Key study activities included:
Minnesota Department of Transportation