Facts About Minnesota High-Speed Rail
Running 417 miles from the Twin Cities to Milwaukee and Chicago, this intercity transportation corridor is forecast to carry 11.3 million trips annually by 2030 using all modes of transportation.
126 miles along the Mississippi River between the Twin Cities and La Crescent.
- 3 in Minnesota: St. Paul, Red Wing, Winona, with additional stations under consideration.
- 6 (tentative) in Wisconsin: La Crosse, Tomah, Wisconsin Dells, Portage, Columbus, Milwaukee.
- 2 in Illinois: Glenview, Chicago.
All current Amtrak station sites will be considered as station sites for high-speed rail. Some additional station sites will also be studied.
1.7 million trips by 2030.
$2.4 billion or $7.1 million per mile (2009 dollars) from St. Paul to Milwaukee (the Milwaukee to Chicago portion is a separate project). By comparison, according to a 2003 Federal Highway Administration study, it would cost $12.2 million per mile to add a lane of highway in each direction between St. Paul and Milwaukee.
- Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) – Passenger Rail office
- Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission (representing 18 local governments)
- November 2011 – Federal Railroad Administration and Mn/DOT select the Mississippi River Route as the preferred route for high-speed rail between the Twin Cities and Chicago.
- November 2011 – Alternatives Selection Report completed.
- January 2011 – In his State of the Union address President Barack Obama called for 80 percent of Americans to have access to high-speed rail within 25 years.
- June 2009 – Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission formed.
- 2004 – Midwest Regional Rail Initiative completed. The Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul corridor had the best operating ratio of any major system city-pairs.
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