Identify Best Types of Commodity Flow Data for Freight, Railroad, Ports and Waterways Studies

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  06/15/2021


Freight data across various modes is important to future infrastructure decision making. Understanding where different types of commodities are moving and being able to predict their future movements will help to ensure that infrastructure investments have a high return on investment. This research will develop an analysis of various types of commodity flow data, waybill data, commercial data (such as InfoUSA) and to determine which of these data are the most helpful for planning, programming and design of future infrastructure on the truck freight, railroad, and ports and waterways networks within Minnesota and surrounding states. This research will also evaluate and recommend methodologies for the generation and collection of freight data, freight trip generation, and service trips within the context of MnDOT’s freight studies.

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