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Dear Minnesota High-Speed Rail Supporters,

The legislature adjourned and the Governor has signed bills into law. We are delighted to tell you that

Planning on the TCMC Second Train will continue!

$1 million was included in the transportation bill for the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Passenger Rail, which is responsible for planning passenger rail improvements in the state.

During the legislative session, we heard from several legislators and the Governor's office that constituents advocating for the second train and expanded passenger rail were being heard. Those calls and emails made a difference. Our thanks goes to the residents who spoke up and the legislators and Governor who responded.

We're very excited that work on the TCMC Second Train will continue. And, we know our work is not done. The new funds will keep the MnDOT Office of Passenger Rail open, but will not provide adequate funding to complete current studies. We'll need to seek funds in future legislative sessions to match investments already committed by the state of Wisconsin, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, the Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission and the La Crosse Area Planning Committee.

With your continued support, we're up for the challenge. Thank you.


Janice Rettman

Ramsey County Commissioner

Chair of the Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission


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