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North Dakota DOT publishes combined state freight, rail plan


The North Dakota Department of Transportation last week published for the first time a combined state freight and rail plan.

The plan assesses the current conditions and performance of all freight transportation modes — rail, pipeline, highway and air — and identifies freight needs and issues, NDDOT officials said in a press release. The plan also includes recommendations for advancing multimodal freight transportation system in the North Dakota.

NDDOT began developing the plan in April 2021 in coordination with the freight railroads, Amtrak, state agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, private industry stakeholders, trade associations, Tribal Nations and community organizations.

The new plan falls under the state’s long-term transportation plan known as Transportation Connection, NDDOT officials said.

"North Dakota’s future is strongly dependent on the movement of goods and commodities to regional, national and global markets to support jobs and our quality of life," said NDDOT Director Ron Henke. "This plan provides the foundation to guide us in making informed decisions to improve freight movement today and for tomorrow."