River Route

River Route: Twin Cities to Chicago

Southeastern Minnesota's Mississippi River valley, a natural jewel, and among the most beautiful locations in America, is envisioned as a transportation corridor redefined by high-speed rail trains; the picture of modern comfort, reliability and technological innovation. This proposal would travel from the Twin Cities, including a stop at the revitalized, historic Union Depot in St. Paul through picturesque river towns on its way to Milwaukee and Chicago.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration have designated the Mississippi River Route as the preferred line for the proposed high-speed rail system.

This page is a portal into the details of the project, what work has been completed, and what is yet to come.

River Route Spotlight

Red Wing

Population: 2,502

Nickname: Minnesota's Oldest City

Motto: Governor's Fit City.

Wabasha is the home of Grumpy Old Men! The Town served as the setting for both the movies Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men and hosts an annual Grumpy Old Men Festival. It is also home to the National Eagle Center.

The beautiful and vibrant towns of Wabasha and Kellogg are home to several annual traditions. Grumpy Old Men Fest has been celebrated for more than 20 years in Wabasha and hosts a variety of activities including the Grumpy Plunge where brave people take a jump into the frozen river. It also hostsRiver Boat Days and the annual fall celebration SeptOberfest.



City Spotlights

View a spotlight of some of the great destinations along the proposed River Route.

Cottage Grove



Lake City

Red Wing

Saint Paul



County Spotlights

View spotlights of Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission counties.

Ramsey County

Wabasha County

Winona County

Summer Events

Summertime is filled with activity along the Mississippi River Route. Check out this guide with helpful links to summer festivals and events.

Summer River Route Events

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Fact Sheet: About Minnesota High-Speed Rail

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