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Great Northern Corridor Multistate Planning and Development Study Develop solutions to enhance the Corridor and achieve the Coalition’s Vision

• Montana DOT is lead agency • FHWA and Coalition funded • • • •

Phase I Grant Award $299,910 Phase II Grant Award $419,200 Total Funds $927,910 Includes 22.5% Coalition Member Match

• Consultants - Olsson Associates with Parsons Brinkerhoff and Beckett Group

• Phase 1 kicked off January 23, 2014

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Great Northern Corridor Summary of Study Objectives & Outcomes Study objectives focus on baseline inventory of corridor infrastructure, potential projects and initiatives, and communication/collaboration among members

• Corridor Coalition Website – GreatNorthernCorridor.org

• Communication and collaboration among members • Inventory and assess corridor infrastructure • Analyze freight flows and industry trends • Identify and develop potential improvement projects or initiatives to enhance Corridor G r e a t N o r t h e r n C o n f e r e n c e

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Great Northern Corridor Current Status - Phase I Phase I will conduct a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis to identify projects and initiatives to enhance the Corridor •

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Tech Memo #1: GNC Infrastructure and Operations Assessment Report – Final Draft Tech Memo #2: Freight and Commodity Flow Analysis – First Draft Tech Memo #3: GNC Scenario Planning and SWOT Analysis – Final Draft Tech Memo #4: The GNC Economic and Environmental Impacts Analysis - Underway Tech Memo #5: Freight Movement System and Project Prioritization - Underway Final Report: The SWOT Analysis of the Great Northern Corridor – Underway – Scheduled for January 2015

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Great Northern Corridor Project Review and Screening

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Great Northern Corridor Potential Initiatives Recommended initiatives will be further developed in Phase II

• Corridor-wide, systematic approach to address at-grade crossings • Corridor-wide environmental planning • Creative funding solutions for Priority GNC Projects • Advocacy and marketing program for the GNC • Coalition development and leadership G r e a t N o r t h e r n C o n f e r e n c e

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Great Northern Corridor Phase II Phase II will be a planning level analysis leading to a prioritized Corridor improvement program based on the results of Phase I

• Phase II will begin immediately after Phase I – 1st quarter 2015 • Will develop projects and initiatives recommended in Phase I

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Great Northern Corridor Overview Links eight states and three Canadian Provinces to the global marketplace

A complex freight transportation network that includes:

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BNSF’s rail route of 3,331 miles

Ports First/last mile connections

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Great Northern Corridor Economic Engine GNC states contribute $1.97 trillion in GDP

• More than 35 million people live and work along the GNC • Supports 432,000 regional businesses and nearly 12.5 million jobs

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Great Northern Corridor On the Move •

Carried 221 million tons of freight in 2013 Critical to the national and regional supply chains

Supported 51 million tons of agricultural exports

Handled 964,000 units of consumer goods

Moved 91 million tons of industrial products

Removed over 10 million long-haul trucks from highways across the Corridor

Supports an area with wind energy generation potential of over two million megawatts

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Great Northern Corridor Vital Connections • Intersects or parallels 20 major cross continent Interstate and U.S. Highways

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Links 37 short line railroads and their customers to the national rail network and the global marketplace

• Connects to 11 ocean, river and lake ports, and two inland ports G r e a t N o r t h e r n C o n f e r e n c e

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Great Northern Corridor Other Facts

2,300 public, at-grade highway-rail crossings • 18 MPOs • 1,000 Municipalities and 125 Counties • 50, 100 and 200 miles multiplier effect: 4,700 towns and 382 counties G r e a t N o r t h e r n C o n f e r e n c e

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Great Northern Corridor Multi-State Perspective

• Creates a shared vision for a “Corridor of National Significance” • Creates more robust trade alliances and business opportunities across the corridor enhancing global competiveness • Highlights the important role the Corridor and its stakeholders play for the country and the region

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Great Northern Corridor Multi-State Perspective

• Promotes regional cooperation, planning, and shared project implementation for projects and initiatives

• Supports trade prosperity and economic development through a seamless, efficient, and integrated rail and roadway freight network • Creates partnerships that will strengthen the working relationships between our federal, state and local jurisdictions and delegations G r e a t N o r t h e r n C o n f e r e n c e

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