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Get Involved with the Great River Rail Commission

Expanding passenger rail services along the River Route in Minnesota takes the combined effort of local elected officials, business and community leaders, and residents. Your involvement is welcome and vital to the success of the vision of the Great River Rail Commission.

Find ways to get involved at the level that is right for you and help make the TCMC Second Train and expanded passenger rail a reality:

Experience Trains

Have you experienced passenger rail firsthand? Did you enjoy traveling by train? Do you want more opportunities to travel by train? This level is for you, get more info from Great River Rail via our website, follow us on Facebook, and tell others about your interest in passenger rail.

Like us on Facebook to stay up-to date on project and River Route news. Be sure to share posts to get your friends and family involved as well.

Consider educating and motivating your co-workers and elected officials to get involved.

Keep up with recent train news and other project details via MnDOT and Great River Rail.

Get Involved

Love train travel, but ready for things to start moving a little faster down the track? Sign up for the enews to keep up with opportunities to participate in public meetings. Lend your story and voice to a supporter spotlight and let us know how increased passenger rail options would affect you.

Sign up for our occasional e-newsletter to stay current on River Route and commission news.

Attend public hearings and meetings to get updates and provide feedback. Meeting details and dates can be found here.

Share your story with us - how would a second train or high-speed rail benefit you? Where would you go by train? Send us an email at or share your story on our Facebook page.

Share your story with us and other supporters.

Get More Involved

Ready to take action to the people who make the decisions? Get more involved by writing letters to your local newspaper, visiting and emailing your legislators, and encouraging others to do the same.

Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Click here for tips.

Contact your legislators. Click here for tips.

Contact the Commission Member from your area to make your opinions about passenger rail options known.


Contacting your Legislators

Some of us are a bit nervous or may feel intimidated about contacting their legislators. And do they really want to hear from us - would my call make a difference?

The answer is that legislators really do want to hear from their constituents. They want to know what is important to you, they want to hear from you, and there's no reason to be intimidated. Your voice is very important, so contacting your legislators is an excellent way to play a role in our democracy. Here are some suggestions.


During the Legislative Session

Legislators are very busy during legislative sessions. Your communication should be brief and concise. In a voicemail or email:

  1. Immediately state why you are contacting them. (e.g. "I am calling about the TCMC Second Train or Minnesota High-Speed Rail')
  2. In a sentence, describe how you feel about the project (for or against).
  3. In a sentence or two, describe why you feel that way - it's best to personalize your statement by describing how the project would impact you. (e.g. "More frequent trains between the Twin Cities and Chicago would help me get to and from college." Or, "I would like to have another option to use to visit family along the Mississippi River Route.")

During the Off-Season

Legislators may have a bit more time to discuss issues. You can send email or call, but a personal visit may be more effective.

  1. Invite your legislators to your company or home. However, agree to meet at a different location if it is more convenient for them. It may be possible to meet with a few legislators at the same time, but it may be more effective if you schedule individual meetings.
  2. If a meeting is not possible, send your legislators a personalized letter or email.
  3. Outline for them - in your own words and with information specific to your situation - your concerns on the issue of mobility, the environment, transportation options, or frequency of service. Tell them how you think the TCMC Second Train or higher-speed rail will impact your situation.
  4. Legislators don't want to hear canned talking points, they want to hear real stories that they can share with other constituents and legislators.

Who represents me?

Learn who your Senator and House representatives are here.


What makes a good letter to the editor?

Newspapers love to hear from readers who want to share their opinions. It helps communities know what is happening, raises awareness of issues, and your local legislator often reads the paper.



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Fact Sheet Downloads

Have more questions about Great River Rail? Check out these helpful fact sheets to learn more.

2019 Fact Packet: TCMC Second Train

Frequently Asked Questions