Second daily round-trip train between Twin Cities, Chicago edges closer to reality

Star Tribune - October 3, 2020

Longstanding efforts to add a second daily Amtrak train between the Twin Cities and Chicago received a big boost recently when federal funders kicked in nearly $32 million to help see the project through.

While passenger rail advocates cheered the news, their reaction was a bit tempered because the status of $10 million in state matching funds is uncertain at this point. And, current service on Amtrak’s Empire Builder long-distance line between Chicago and the West Coast will be pared to three trips a week beginning Oct. 19.


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