Get Involved with Minnesota High-Speed Rail
Expanding passenger rail services along the River Route in Minnesota takes the combined effort of local elected officials, business and community leaders, and residents. Your involvement is welcome and vital to the success of the vision of the Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission.
Here are some things you can do to help make the TCMC Second Train and Minnesota High-Speed Rail a reality:
- Sign up for our occasional e-newsletter to stay current on River Route and commission news.
- Contact your legislators. Click here for tips.
- Attend public hearings and meetings to get updates and provide feedback. Meeting details and dates can be found here.
- Consider educating and motivating your co-workers and elected officials to get involved.
- Contact the Commission Member from your area to make your opinions about passenger rail options known.
- Like us on Facebook to stay up-to date on project and River Route news. Be sure to share posts to get your friends and family involved as well.
- Share your story with us – how would a second train or high-speed rail benefit you? Where would you go by train? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story on our Facebook page.
- Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Click here for tips.
Some of us are a bit nervous or may feel intimidated about contacting their legislators. And do they really want to hear from us – would my call make a difference?
The answer is that legislators really do want to hear from their constituents. They want to know what is important to you, they want to hear from you, and there’s no reason to be intimidated. Your voice is very important, so contacting your legislators is an excellent way to play a role in our democracy. Here are some suggestions.
During the Legislative Session
Legislators are very busy during legislative sessions. Your communication should be brief and concise. In a voicemail or email:
- Immediately state why you are contacting them. (e.g. "I am calling about the TCMC Second Train or Minnesota High-Speed Rail”)
- In a sentence, describe how you feel about the project (for or against).
- In a sentence or two, describe why you feel that way – it’s best to personalize your statement by describing how the project would impact you. (e.g. "More frequent trains between the Twin Cities and Chicago would help me get to and from college." Or, "I would like to have another option to use to visit family along the Mississippi River Route.”)
During the Off-Season
Legislators may have a bit more time to discuss issues. You can send email or call, but a personal visit may be more effective.
- Invite your legislators to your company or home. However, agree to meet at a different location if it is more convenient for them. It may be possible to meet with a few legislators at the same time, but it may be more effective if you schedule individual meetings.
- If a meeting is not possible, send your legislators a personalized letter or email.
- Outline for them—in your own words and with information specific to your situation—your concerns on the issue of mobility, the environment, transportation options, or frequency of service. Tell them how you think the TCMC Second Train or higher-speed rail will impact your situation.
- Legislators don't want to hear canned talking points, they want to hear real stories that they can share with other constituents and legislators.
Who represents me?
Learn who your Senator and House representatives are here.
Newspapers love to hear from readers who want to share their opinions. It helps communities know what is happening, raises awareness of issues, and your local legislator often reads the paper.
- The most effective letters have writers speaking from their personal experience - relate a story of why the TCMC Second Train or Minnesota High-Speed Rail is important to you. How would you use it? Do you have customers that might take a train to your business?
- Take a look at our website. Some of the benefits of passenger rail we mention might be important to you.
- Note that Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission is supporting MnDOT’s request for passenger rail office funding so that the TCMC Second Train study can be completed.
- Check with your local publication for any rules and when and how to send a letter to the editor.
- Typically, letters should be brief, up to 250 words.
- Address them: To the editor:
- Include the writer's name, address, occupation and telephone numbers (work and home).
- For Star Tribune, or other larger circulation newspapers, all submissions must be exclusive in Minnesota.
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