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North Dakota DOT launches freight and rail plan


The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is developing a state freight and rail plan (SFRP) and has launched a project website.

The plan will assess all freight modes, identify needs and issues, provide recommendations, guide the advancement of the state's multimodal transportation system and serve as a roadmap for future investment, NDDOT officials said in a news release.

The state's freight and rail plans will be developed as one plan for the first time to create a comprehensive view of the movement of goods moving into, through and out of North Dakota, they said.

The website includes information and education about different transportation modes in North Dakota, an online open house and an interactive map where users can leave comments on particular railroads, highways or intersections.

The general public can participate in a self-guided virtual meeting until Sept. 30. The NDDOT will be conducting public and stakeholder outreach throughout the next year and a half, with the final SFRP to be produced in late 2022.