Montana Department of Transportation

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Helena - MDT Seeks Comments On Montana Freight Plan



September 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE	

Charity Watt; Rail, Air
Quality & Studies Section Planner; (406) 444-3439, cwatt@mt.gov

Montana Department of Transportation Seeks Comments on Montana
Freight Plan

HELENA — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT)
would like to notify the public and seek comments on the draft
Montana Freight Plan, the state’s first plan to provide guidance for
both short- and long-term freight-related transportation investment
decisions. 

The Montana Freight Plan was developed in accordance
with 49 USC 70202 and in alignment with MDT’s long range multi-modal
policy plan, TranPlanMT. The plan was developed with input and
advisement of freight stakeholders doing business in Montana. This
plan will be updated, as required, every five years, or more
frequently if necessary. 

Safe and efficient movement of freight is
vital to the health of Montana’s economy. Montana ranks among the top
half of state exporters in 12 industries, including fifth in cement,
concrete and tobacco products; ninth in coal and petroleum gases; and
12th in oilseeds and grains. Freight in Montana is moved primarily by
truck, rail, and pipeline.

The Montana Freight Plan provides a
comprehensive evaluation of freight transportation in the state in
addition to:

• Detailing the role freight movement plays in
Montana’s economy, 
• Identifying significant freight system issues
in Montana and strategies for improvement, 
• Providing a framework
to guide freight-related transportation investment decisions and
planned freight investment projects, and 
• Informing the public and
stakeholders as to how MDT manages the transportation system
specifically related to freight.

The Montana Freight Plan must be in
place by December 4, 2017, due to new requirements in the Fixing
America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and in order for MDT to
use freight-specific funding provided through FAST.

For more
information and to review the draft plan, please visit the freight
plan website at:

http://www.mdt.mt.gov/freightplan/default.shtml

Copies of the draft plan are available on request by contacting MDT
at (406) 444-3439 or cwatt@mt.gov.

Comments may be submitted through
the website or mailed to Charity Watt at the Rail, Transit and
Planning Division, 2960 Prospect Ave., Helena, MT 59620; or
cwatt@mt.gov. 

Please indicate comments are for the Montana Freight
Plan and submit by October 17 to ensure your comments are adequately
reviewed and considered for the final study. 

Alternative accessible
formats of this information will be provided upon request by
contacting the Office of Civil Rights, P.O. Box 201001, Helena, MT
59620; (406) 444-9229; fax (406) 444-7243, or e-mail to
aflesch@mt.gov. Those using a TTY may call (800) 335-7592 or through
the Montana Relay Service at 711.