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Second Train advocates ramp up efforts

With the 2020 legislature about to begin, the advocates of the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) Second Train are increasing efforts to get residents and legislators on-board. Students at Winona State University and St. Mary’s University learned more about the opportunity for a second round-trip passenger rail train to complement Amtrak’s Empire Builder. Great River Rail Commission members and friends asked students to contact legislators and sign a petition in January. Between the two schools, more than 120 signatures were gathered. Winona City Councilmember Paul Schollmeier and Winona County Commissioner Chris Meyer met with students at Winona State, while Winona County Commissioner Marie Kovecsi and local passenger rail advocates Leone and Tom Mauszycki met with students at St. Mary’s University. The project is included in Gov. Walz’s bonding proposal, but needs legislative approval of funding to complete planning.

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