The Minnesota Department of Transportation took a step towards the future by signing on to the Great Northern Corridor Coalition - a group of inter-connected states that aim to  promote regional cooperation, planning, and shared project implementation.

More than 203 million tons of freight moves over this corridor, and that number continues to grow as the economy improves. The coalition is working to strengthen the corridor to promote economic growth for neighboring communities and accommodate the demand for safe, efficient and environmentally sound transportation services.

The first step is under way to identify opportunities to improve the technology, operations and infrastructure along the corridor. The study is being conducted by Olsson Associates, Parsons Brinckerhoff and The Beckett Group with funding through the Federal Highway Administration Multistate Corridor Operations and Management Program, and from coalition partners.

The next step to strengthening the corridor is identifying possible strategies to improve multimodal transportation system management and operations.

Coalition partners include:

  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Idaho Transportation Department
  • Montana Department of Transportation
  • North Dakota Department of Transportation
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • BNSF Railway
  • Washington Public Ports Association
  • Port of Seattle
  • Port of Tacoma
  • Port of Everett
  • Port of Quincy
  • Port of Northern Montana
  • Port of Pasco
  • Port of Grays Harbor
  • Port of Vancouver, USA
  • Port of Portland
  • Port of Longview

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