La Crosse Tribune - March 15, 2021

A long-discussed second railway line may be in the area’s future. At last week’s meeting, the La Crescent City Council unanimously supported a request to the state of Minnesota for a $10 million allocation to help make it a reality. La Crescent Mayor Mike Poellinger said the project has been discussed for more than a decade.

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MNSRC - March 15, 2021

Senate President Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) has introduced a bipartisan bill that would fund the state’s share of a significant overhaul of southeast Minnesota rail infrastructure. Last fall, the United States Department of Transportation approved a $31.8 million grant for infrastructure improvements in Wisconsin and Minnesota on the Canadian Pacific’s Soo Line serving Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, including communication and signaling, extensions of rail sidings, improvements of at-grade crossings, extensions of yard lead track, and reconstruction and modification of new turnouts and mainline track. The improvements would provide significant freight rail upgrades and further the development of additional passenger rail service between the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, and Chicago.

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Post Bulletin - March 15, 2021

Rail advocates met online Thursday to talk about a proposed second Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago passenger train. Hosted by the Great River Rail Commission, the public discussion began with a presentation about what a second daily train from St. Paul to Chicago – with Southeast Minnesota stops in Red Wing and Winona – would mean in terms of costs and benefits. The last step in getting the new passenger train to happen is a $10 million commitment from the state of Minnesota.

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