North Dakota Strategic Freight Planning Analysis Phase I: 2006-2008

This study explores freight planning as well as the dynamics of North Dakota’s freight system. A report prepared for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) states, "Improvement in highway-freight carriage is one of the ways that government can make a truly valuable contribution to the efficiency of the American Economy." This statement pertains to the United States, but is also applicable to the state of North Dakota. The need for freight transportation improvements is critical in today’s thriving marketplace. The first important step is to create a strategic plan. This study focuses discussion on the definition and characteristics of freight, the importance of freight transportation, and federal freight policies and regulations, and examines freight planning documents from surrounding states and provinces and other state freight plans. In addition, the study analyzes freight flows and volumes, major freight generators, shipper preferences, and modal split of freight shipments. The study also identifies freight corridors at different levels, discusses roles and responsibilities for freight system key players, examines impediments and capacity constraints facing North Dakota’s current freight system, and outlines potential obstacles to North Dakota’s freight movements in regard to safety and security. The information in this report is Phase I of a three-phase study, which provides for identification and discussion of North Dakota’s direction for state freight planning, important freight gateways, and relationships that are instrumental in the state’s economic productivity.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 202p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01448625
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Oct 5 2012 2:08PM