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Officers re-elected to Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission

Minnesota High-Speed Rail - January 12, 2018

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Kevin Roggenbuck

MN High-Speed Rail Commission

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kevin.roggenbuck@co.ramsey.mn.us

 

January 10, 2018 (Red Wing, Minn.) – Ramsey County Commissioner Janice Rettman will again serve as chair of the Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission, a post she has held since 2015. Also re-elected as vice chair is Mark Vaughan, a city council member from Hastings who begins his second term.

Janice and MarkJanice Rettman has been an elected official since 1986: first as Saint Paul City Councilmember in Ward 5 from January 1986 until April 1997, when she was elected as Ramsey County Commissioner serving District 3. Prior to her role on the County Board, Commissioner Rettman served on the Saint Paul City Council, served as director of the Saint Paul Housing Information Office, served as chair and board member of the District 10 Community Council and served as a VISTA Program volunteer. She is a tireless proponent of passenger rail and believes the demand and benefits are great reasons to continue efforts for the TCMC Second Train and High-Speed Rail.

Mark Vaughan has been a city council member since 2014. He has worked for over 20 years for the city of Eagan in the Parks and Recreation Department, and is currently the Campus Facility Manager. Vaughn has been a volunteer member of the Hastings Parks and Recreation Commission, Hastings Planning Commission and the Hastings Charter Commission. Mark takes great pride in his community and believes that an important benefit of increased passenger rail options is the ability to enhance existing infrastructure to better serve both freight and passenger rail.

The Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission is one of the leading authoritative voices on high-speed rail in Minnesota. Comprised of elected officials from 17 local governments, the commission advocates for the development of Minnesota’s first high-speed rail line within the federally designated high-speed rail corridor that connects the Twin Cities to Milwaukee and Chicago. The commission is a strong proponent of bringing high-speed rail to the Midwest through the scenic upper Mississippi River valley. The commission also advocates for the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) Second Train, a daily round trip service that would complement Amtrak’s Empire Builder train and is currently being studied by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and its partners.

About the Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission

The Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission is one of the leading authoritative voices on high-speed rail in Minnesota. Comprised of elected officials from 18 local governments, the commission advocates for the development of Minnesota’s first high-speed rail line within the federally designated high-speed rail corridor that connects the Twin Cities to Milwaukee and Chicago. The commission is a strong proponent of bringing high-speed rail to the Midwest through the scenic upper Mississippi River valley. For more information visit http://www.mnhighspeedrail.com/index.php.

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