Understanding and Enhancing the Value of Freight Economy in Minnesota

Principal Investigator(s):

Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow (Retired), Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Frank Douma, Director, State & Local Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Thomas Horan, Former Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Barbara Rohde, Former Research Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

Freight transportation plays a considerable role in economic and community life in Minnesota, but compared to other business sectors, the elements of freight movement are not well understood. This research is exploring the means for understanding and enhancing the value of freight transportation to the Minnesota economy, particularly the private freight rail networks. The research will also engage Minnesota's transportation policy community in understanding how to leverage the dynamics of freight rail to further add value to the state's economy and transportation planning.


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