NDDOT Developing ‘State Freight & Rail Plan’

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
The North Dakota Department of Transportation expects to release a final “State Freight & Rail Plan” by summer/fall 2022.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation expects to release a final “State Freight & Rail Plan” by summer/fall 2022.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is creating its first combined freight and rail plan, providing a comprehensive view of the movement of goods into, through and out of the state.

The “State Freight & Rail Plan” will:
• Assess all freight modes (rail, road, air and pipeline).
• Identify needs and issues.
• Provide recommendations for policies, programs and processes.
• Identify potential projects that improve efficiency, reliability and safety.
• Serve as a roadmap for future investment.

It will also “rely on private-sector shippers and carriers, state and local agencies, and public input to direct future freight and rail transportation in the state,” according to NDDOT.

Rail accounts for 14% of freight moved through North Dakota, which has more than 3,000 miles of track.

NDDOT will be conducting public and stakeholder outreach as well as analysis and assessments through the fall and winter. A final plan is expected by summer/fall 2022.

The plan website provides further details and opportunities for feedback.

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