MinnPost - November 13, 2020

...Yet the possibility of rail improvements is on the horizon. Earlier this year, the Federal Railroad Administration delivered a pair of grants to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois to double daily rail service from Saint Paul to Chicago. The $12 million and $31 million in funding would go to startup costs, additional track, and bridge improvements that are needed for the extra service.

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Star Tribune - November 4, 2020

Supporters of a proposed second round-trip train between the Twin Cities and Chicago are determined to advance the project despite failing to win funding at the legislature last month. "The second train is by no means dead," said Brian Nelson, president of the passenger rail advocacy group All Aboard Minnesota. "We are investigating a whole host of [funding] alternatives."

Earlier this year, the project received a boost when the Federal Railroad Administration awarded it $32 million. But the money comes with the caveat that Minnesota kick in $10 million in matching funds.

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Pioneer Press - October 27, 2020

A proposed second train between St. Paul and Chicago will be delayed after the Minnesota Legislature declined to provide $10 million in matching funds.

Meeting in their fifth special session of the year, lawmakers adjourned earlier this month after approving a nearly $2 billion bonding bill that did not include funding for the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) Second Train.

“We’re disappointed,” said Mark Vaughan, chair of the Great River Rail Commission, which is advocating for the second train. “But I can promise that the commission is resolute in advocating for funding again in the 2021 session.” Read More

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