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Get on Board forum is March 27 in Winona

Event to educate and activate supporters of passenger rail expansion.

The passenger rail advocacy group All Aboard Minnesota in conjunction with Amtrak is encouraging community members to learn more about plans for a second daily train between the Twin Cities and Chicago with a public event on March 27.

The event will offer an opportunity to see the proposed plans of the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Second Train and learn about large scale benefits for the economy and the Winona area, as well as what community members can do to make these proposed plans happen.

The Get on Board forum takes place Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Winona County History Center located at 160 Johnson St. in Winona. “Anyone who currently uses Amtrak service, fans of alternative transportation, college students, and those who seek another way to see our region are all great audiences for this event,” said All Aboard Minnesota President Brian Nelson. “We will focus on how those in and around Winona will benefit personally and the overall benefits of adding more rail passenger service.”

Nelson will present details of the Second Train service. Winona Mayor Mark Peterson will provide an introduction. Derrick James, Senior Manager of Amtrak’s Government Affairs Midwest Region will talk about how additional state corridor services benefit communities.

Nelson believes the Second Train is a great step towards a more connected Minnesota. “Did you know that 41 percent of Winona college students have taken Amtrak to college at least once?” said Nelson. “Offering a second train between the Twin Cities and Chicago expands opportunities not only for travelers between the two major metropolitan areas, but for all of the other communities in between.”

About All Aboard Minnesota

All Aboard Minnesota is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit advocacy and education organization focused on the expansion and development of more long distance rail passenger service as part of a balanced transportation system. We are dedicated to the development of fast, comfortable, frequent, intercity passenger train services within and connecting Minnesota to the upper Midwest.

For more information, All Aboard Minnesota can be reached at (612) 781-2894 or on the Web at: www.allaboardmn.org.

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