Winona Post - February 12, 2020


This is a bonding year at the state legislature and the future of the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago second round trip passenger train will perhaps be determined this year 2020. After years of planning, this important transportation option that will serve our communities along the Mississippi River could receive state funding. It is imperative to have all citizens supporting this effort letting our legislators know just how important this service will be for all of us.


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A variety of railroad projects are coming together to greatly improve passenger service in Wisconsin, including “higher speed” rail.


They include: doubling daily service between St. Paul and Chicago; increasing the number of round-trip Milwaukee to Chicago trains from seven to 10; express service between Minneapolis and Duluth-Superior; and, already underway, more than $5 million in improvements to the Milwaukee Airport Railroad Station at General Mitchell International Airport, with completion expected in 2023.


Funding for several of the projects is included in Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’ Building One Minnesota plan, announced Jan. 15. Walz proposes $2.6 billion in bonding to invest in education, environment, public safety and infrastructure.


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Winona Daily News, February 3, 2020 - A second passenger train traveling to and from Saint Paul to Chicago, with stops in Winona and La Crosse, is very nearly a likelihood, but there are still many pieces that need to fall into place.


Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Jan. 10 that $10 million in funding for the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Second Train project is included in his 2020 bonding proposal.


The Great River Rail Commission, a group of officials from 18 cities and counties — including Winona and La Crosse — who advocate for additional rail service, said the money would be used in creating an additional service that complements the Amtrak Empire Builder service and runs on existing tracks.


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