Bonding bill snub holds up second Amtrak train between St. Paul and Chicago

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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