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Supporter Spotlights

Supporter Spotlights

We hear a lot from elected officials, business owners, and transportation organizations about why they want more passenger rail options for the River Route. The Supporter Spotlight is a new way to highlight residents and supporters from along the River Route who support adding a second daily train between the Twin Cities and Chicago and why rail is important to them. Get to know some of our supporters below and contact us to be included in the spotlights!


Leone - Winona, MN

LeoneI have been passionate about passenger rail for years. While attending the University of Minnesota I needed to commute to another city to complete my training and traveled by passenger rail. It was a relief to have this option, since I could not afford to own a car for the commute. In all kinds of weather, it was safe, affordable, convenient and allowed me to study while traveling. Now, I want to support our Winona, MN Universities and Vocational Technical College students with the similar and better, fast, dependable, economical passenger rail transportation they need.

My husband and I have traveled by train on vacations and it was fun watching the fantastic scenery. The train always put us right in the heart of our destination so there was little need for a car at the other end of the trip. Tourism for others coming to Winona would also help our economy. As the baby boomers age, and millennials spread their wings, traveling by train for a fun getaway trip to Winona would be possible if they cannot drive to attend our many art events and festivals.


Steve - Goodview, MN

SteveI really see the need for a second train here in the Winona Area. Many people including my family travel often to Chicago by train. Several folks have told me personally they would love to have a second option in getting to and from Chicago.

Winona is a busy college town with three colleges. I personally see the train station full at holidays with students and other travelers. I know that second train would be utilized more often than not.

A second train would bring more people to Winona to shop, sightsee and visit because of the beauty of Winona. It would benefit many, many people having the option to have a choice.


Robbie - Harmony, MN

RobbieI travel back and forth to Chicago on the Empire Builder every 2 months to visit my adult children and my 16 month old Grandson. The drive is too difficult for me so I am grateful to be able to take the train. One thing that would improve the service is of course more on time trains from Winona to Chicago, but also a train that leaves Chicago earlier than 3 PM. I drive one full hour to and from the train station and it is difficult late at night, particularly in the winter. I don't know if there will ever be a high speed train from Chicago to Minneapolis but I hope it will happen. We folks that live in rural communities would benefit greatly.


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