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“The Great Northern Corridor plays an important role in supporting the vitality of Montana communities. By strengthening this corridor, we'll be able to get products to market more quickly and help grow Montana businesses.”

Montana Governor Steve Bullock

  • Connects the Northern Tier to the nation's extensive rail network and economic centers throughout North America
  • Serves as the essential logistics channel for goods produced or consumed in the Northern Tier
  • Moved 964,000 units of consumer goods from ships to logistics parks and distribution centers throughout the country
  • Carried 221.3 million tons of freight in 2013
  • Connects with 13 ocean, river, lake and inland ports
  • Removed over 6 million long-haul trucks from the nation's highways
  • Supports an area with wind energy generation potential of over
    two million megawatts
  • Serves an area where more than 38 million people live and work

THE GREAT NORTHERN CORRIDOR

  • Connects the Northern Tier to the nation's extensive rail network and economic centers throughout North America
  • Serves as the essential logistics channel for goods produced or consumed in the Northern Tier
  • Moved 964,000 units of consumer goods from ships to logistics parks and distribution centers throughout the country
  • Carried 221.3 million tons of freight in 2013
  • Connects with 13 ocean, river, lake and inland ports
  • Removed over 6 million long-haul trucks from the nation's highways
  • Supports an area with wind energy generation potential of over two million megawatts
  • Serves an area where more than 38 million people live and work

THE CORRIDOR

A strategic link in the global supply chain spanning the northern US between the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest.

The Corridor unifies the population centers of the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, the agricultural and energy resource regions in rural Montana, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington, and the ports of the Pacific Coast. It serves as the essential logistics channel for goods produced or consumed in the Northern Tier.

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THE COALITION

A multi-state cooperative of eight states, MPOs, numerous ports, BNSF Railway and other interested parties promoting a globally competitive multi-state freight corridor.

The Great Northern Corridor Coalition was created to promote regional cooperation, planning and shared project implementation for moving freight between Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The result will be a globally competitive, seamless, multistate freight corridor consisting of rail and road networks.

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THE STUDY

A comprehensive, two-phased study to prioritize Corridor investments and policies to improve rail and highway transportation and modal connections.

The Coalition recently completed a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis to identify opportunities to improve the technology, operations and infrastructure along the corridor. Currently the results of the SWOT analysis are being used to develop a program of prioritized investments that will improve multimodal transportation system management and operations.

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