Project Components

The movement of goods and commodities are critical to the economic prosperity of North Dakota and serve as financial engines in many of the state’s communities, providing a vital transportation link to regional, national, and global economies.

Developing the
Freight & Rail Plan

Plan development will include multiple data sources, stakeholder resources and community input. Information from research efforts, stakeholder meetings, and public involvement events will be compiled and analyzed to provide a final report. Needs and issues will be identified through data analysis and stakeholder engagement that is data-led and stakeholder-informed. Solutions will be developed to meet needs and issues. The solutions will be manifested as policies, programs, and potential projects. Criteria for projects will include mobility (efficiency and reliability), economic development, safety, socio-economic, environmental, security, resilience, and intermodal connectivity. The solutions will then be categorized by priority, a time frame for implementation, and funding.

Project Components

Challenges to be addressed by the Freight & Rail Plan

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Ensure our freight and rail systems are cost-effective & durable to encourage growth

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Improving system recovery from weather & other safety hazards

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Market access

Create access to domestic and global markets



Continue to increase service to rural & disadvantaged populations

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Improve & encourage safety measures on the roads & rails

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Preserve Rural Transportation Preservation (RTP) options



Implement conditions for commerical use of our roads & rails

About Freight Mobility

As an important national crossroads and gateway for the United States, North Dakota is a key node for supporting international and domestic goods movement to markets throughout the nation and the world. Freight modes, including trucking, rail, pipeline, and air cargo are needed to transport goods and commodities to support regional, national, and global supply chains for many industries. Supply chain fulfillment is the key to economic vitality of our state. Freight mobility is the link to get products from the source to a destination. Supply chains are designed with two criteria: service and cost. Other important factors affecting cost and service includes security, safety, resiliency, and reliability.

Click through the images to the right to understand the factors driving future trends and affecting freight demand.