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

Hastings

Population: 414,686

Named for: Native American Dakota Sioux tribal bands

Dakota County is the third-most populous county in the state of Minnesota and is bordered by the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers and Wisconsin.

The county has a rich history including providing materials for the construction of Fort Snelling and the signing of the Treaty des Sioux which ceded land from the Dakota Nation for the Minnesota Territory. The Dakota and Ojibwa regard the area between the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers to be sacred.

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City Spotlights

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

Cottage Grove

Goodview

Hastings

Lake City

Red Wing

St. Charles

Saint Paul

Wabasha

Winona

County Spotlights

View spotlights of Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission counties.

Dakota County

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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