State Rail Plan

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The State Rail Plan is a mode-specific plan that builds on the Minnesota GO vision. We're updating our State Rail Plan to guide the development of Minnesota’s rail system for the next 20 years. We're committed to hearing from everyone in Minnesota about the value and impact of railroads as an element of the state's Multimodal Transportation System.


What we've done

  • This project is unique among MnDOT's family of plans as it does not have a dedicated source of funding. Planners have identified several sources we believe can support the process.
  • A 45-day comment period generated several considerations for the final draft of our Public Engagement Plan (PDF). We implemented changes to the draft of the public engagement plan to incorporate these suggestions, including:
    1. Clarify definitions of terms.
    2. Enhance an explanation for how we plan to develop advisory committee membership.
    3. Consider options to optimize public meeting attendance.
    4. Ensure statewide opportunities for public involvement (Geographic balance, level of engagement)
    5. Identify what Tribal Nations reside within or adjacent to freight rail corridors in the Public Engagement Plan.

Where we are now

The State Rail Plan is a mode-specific plan that builds on the Minnesota GO vision. We're updating our State Rail Plan to guide the development of Minnesota’s rail system for the next 20 years. We're committed to hearing from everyone in Minnesota about the value and impact of railroads as an element of the state's Multimodal Transportation System.


What we've done

  • This project is unique among MnDOT's family of plans as it does not have a dedicated source of funding. Planners have identified several sources we believe can support the process.
  • A 45-day comment period generated several considerations for the final draft of our Public Engagement Plan (PDF). We implemented changes to the draft of the public engagement plan to incorporate these suggestions, including:
    1. Clarify definitions of terms.
    2. Enhance an explanation for how we plan to develop advisory committee membership.
    3. Consider options to optimize public meeting attendance.
    4. Ensure statewide opportunities for public involvement (Geographic balance, level of engagement)
    5. Identify what Tribal Nations reside within or adjacent to freight rail corridors in the Public Engagement Plan.

Where we are now

Page last updated: 09 Jan 2023, 08:58 AM