Logistics: Our Extensive Infrastructure Keeps Commerce Moving
Supporting the state’s strong economy is a modern transportation network that includes marine shipping, road, rail, air and digital infrastructure. Overall, Minnesota ranks ninth nationally in infrastructure (CNBC, 2019).
Road, Rail, Public Transit
- A central U.S. location and extensive network of highways (including Interstates 35, 94 and 90).
- The state has nearly 4,500 of freight railroad miles operated by 21 railroad companies – including four Class I freight rail lines.
- Minneapolis-St. Paul has the fourth-lowest commute time to work (25.6 minutes) among the 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.
- Metro Transit is the primary regional transit services provider in Minneapolis-St. Paul with 80.6 million rides in 2018.
- The state plans to spend over $21 billion to improve Minnesota’s highway system over the next 20 years through its Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan (MnSHIP).
- Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) serves 167 non-stop markets, 137 domestic markets and 30 international markets.
- The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) was ranked best airport of its size in North America for a third consecutive year by the Airports Council International.
- MSP ranks 12th among airports in the 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas in terms of passenger arrivals and departures.
- 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 moves about 35 million short tons of cargo annually, ranking among the top 25 top ports, serving mid-America’s gateway for domestic and global trade.
- The Mississippi River system stretches about 200 miles in Minnesota and supports four ports areas across the Twin Cities and southeast regions of the state: St. Paul, Savage, Red Wing and Winona.