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Logistics: Our Extensive Infrastructure Keeps Commerce Moving

Minnesota ranks fifth nationally in infrastructure (CNBC, 2016). Supporting the state’s strong manufacturing sector is a modern transportation network that includes marine shipping, road, rail, air and digital infrastructure.

Minnesota Infrastructure Map - Our highly ranked system helps business operate smoothly – getting people and supplies where they need to be and moving products to market easily – whether in the U.S. or across the globe.

Road, Rail, Public Transit

  • A central U.S. location and extensive network of highways (including Interstates 35, 94 and 90) and railways (with 4,444 route miles serviced by about 20 railroad companies – including four Class I railroads) enable manufacturers to get supplies and to move their products where they need to go quickly and efficiently.

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul has the fourth lowest commute time to work (25.4 minutes) among the 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, according to 2015 data by the Census Bureau.

  • The American Public Transportation Association named the Twin Cities Metro Transit as the “System of the Year for 2016”, based on record ridership on the Green Line and improvements in safety and operations.

  • Metro Transit is the primary regional transit services provider with a ridership of 82 million in 2016, providing bus and light rail services.


  • Minnesota has a network of modern, industry-friendly airports. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a large hub with 158 non-stop markets, 130 domestic markets and 29 international markets. The state has more than 140 public-use airports, including nine primary airports.

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was recognized as the Best Airport in North America among airports serving between 25 million and 40 million passengers. J.D. Power ranked MSP the sixth best mega airport for customer satisfaction in 2016, Travel + Leisure Magazine rated MSP a 2017 Top 10 Domestic Airport, and it’s a Top Five in the World easiest to get to airport by MSN.

+ Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport Top Ranked

How the MSP airport ranks nationally
Infrastructure / MSP Airport

  • MSP is the 16th busiest airport in terms of passengers in the U.S. with 37.5 million in 2016.

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International is among the top cargo operations airports in the country, ranking 23rd with 1.2 billion pounds of landed cargo.

Shipping Capacity

  • Minnesota has four ports on Lake Superior, including and intermodal dry bulk port at Duluth/Superior and bulk ports at Taconite Harbor, Silver Bay, and Two Harbors.

  • The Port of Duluth-Superior is the largest and busiest shipping port by tonnage on the Great Lakes. It provides access to world markets, with shipments to Europe arriving in 15-18 days.

  • The Mississippi River system stretches more than 222 miles in Minnesota and supports five port areas across the Twin Cities and southeast regions of the state.
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