Update, June 2018

Legislative Update, June 2018

Legislative Update: No Funds for the Second Train

MNHSR Commission June 15, 2018

A capital investment bill approved by the legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton in May contained no funding for passenger rail projects, including the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) Second Train.

"Obviously we are disappointed," said Janice Rettman, chair of the Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission. "We are evaluating our options for moving forward but remain committed to making the second train a reality."

A $4 million state funding request for the TCMC Second Train would have gone toward phase two of planning. Phase one is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.

Bills were introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives for funding of statewide passenger rail investments including the TCMC Second Train. Bills specifically for the TCMC Second Train were also introduced. None of the requests made it into the final Capital Investment (bonding) bill.

"I specifically want to thank Representatives Gene Pelowski Jr., Greg Davids, Alice Hausman, and Keith Franke, and Senators Jeremy Miller, David Senjem, Mike Goggin, and Sandra Pappas for authoring or co-authoring bills for the Second Train," Rettman said. "We also thank every one of our supporters who stayed engaged and contacted their legislators this session," she added.

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