Twin Cities Metropolitan Region Freight Study Summary Report

The 2013 Twin Cities Metropolitan Region Freight Study addresses the need for a consistent, comprehensive, and coordinated freight planning framework for the region. As MnDOT and the Council continue to work together toward developing a regional freight strategy, this study provides direction that may enhance the region’s ability to compete for state and federal funds and to leverage private funds for freight improvements.

Study goals

  • Highlight the importance of freight transportation and its interdependence with a healthy and sustainable regional economy; identify issues and trends related to freight transportation

  • Identify macro-level freight movements through and within the metropolitan area.

  • Develop a framework for a coordinated regional freight planning and implementation strategy that will highlight and prioritize critical freight transportation planning activities; and

  • Determine how best to reflect this expanded knowledge base in future plans and programmed improvements.

See the report

See the Twin Cities Metropolitan Region Freight Summary Study (13 pages, pdf).