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Great River Rail Commission

A Solid Commitment:

The Great River Rail Commission is one of the leading voices on passenger rail in Minnesota. Comprised of officials from 18 local and regional governments from St. Paul to La Crosse, the Commission advocates for the development of the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) Second Train project, a daily round trip passenger train between the Twin Cities and Chicago. The Commission's long range vision is that the Second Train demonstrates demand for additional passenger rail service that leads to further investment in faster, more frequent passenger train service.

Chair Trista Martinson

Ramsey County

Vice-Chair Chris Meyer
Winona County

Commissioner Susan Betcher

Goodhue County

Commissioner (Alternate) Linda Flanders

Goodhue County

Executive Director Bob Gollnik

La Crosse Area Planning Committee

Transportation Planner (Alternate) Erin Duffer

La Crosse Area Planning Committee

Commissioner (Alternate) Rafael Ortega

Ramsey County

Commissioner (Alternate) Bob Walkes

Wabasha County

Commissioner Cheryl Key
Wabasha County

Commissioner Karla Bigham
Washington County

Commissioner (Alternate) Michelle Clasen
Washington County

Commissioner (Alternate) Marcia Ward

Winona County

Councilmember Dave Thiede

City of Cottage Grove

Member Not Appointed

City of Goodview

Councilmember Dave Pemble

City of Hastings

Mayor Mark Nichols

City of Lake City

Councilmember (Alternate) Brian Quinn

City of Lake City

Mayor Laurie Elliott

City of Newport

Mayor Mike Wilson

City of Red Wing

Councilmember Rebecca Noecker

City of St. Paul

Mayor Tim Conrad

City of St. Paul Park

Councilmember Wayne Getz
City of Saint Charles

Mayor (Alternate) John Schaber

City of Saint Charles

Member Not Appointed

City of Utica

Supervisor John Plehal

Wacouta Township

Councilmember Steve Young

City of Winona

Councilmember (Alternate) Pam Eyden

City of Winona

Member Spotlights

Photo, Wayne Getz

Wayne Getz

Photo, Chery Key

Cheryl Key

Photo, Trista MatasCastillo

Trista Martinson

Annual Reports

Each year the Great River Rail Commission releases an annual report on activities around the project's development and other relevant passenger rail information.

2022 Annual Report (Newsletter)

2021 Annual Report (Newsletter)

2020 Annual Report (Newsletter)

2019 Annual Report (Newsletter)

2018 Annual Report (Newsletter)
2017 Annual Report (Newsletter)

2016 Annual Report (Newsletter)
2015 Annual Report (Newsletter)

Meeting Documents

Stay current on all the exciting and informative meetings surrounding Great River Rail.

Upcoming Meetings

2020 Meeting Schedule

Commission Agendas and Minutes

Each file includes the agenda packet for the current meeting and minutes for the previous meeting.

March 7, 2024

January 4, 2024

September 7, 2023

June 1, 2023

March 2, 2023

January 5, 2023

November 3, 2022

September 1, 2022

Aug. 4-5, 2022

June 2, 2022

May 5, 2022

March 3, 2022

January 6, 2022

Member Spotlights

View spotlights of Great River Rail Commission members.

Sandi Dingle

Wayne Getz

Peter Fletcher

Cheryl Key

Trista Martinson

Jane Prince

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