Take Action 2020
July 9, 2020 Update
No action was taken during the regular session, nor the first special session of the Minnesota Legislature on a bonding bill. The legislature is likely to convene again in a special session Monday, July 13. We expect negotiations between legislative leadership and the governor to occur this weekend on a number of issues including a bonding bill.
Now is the time to remind leadership that Minnesota needs a major jobs initiative that a bonding bill would provide, and that the Second Train would be a state and regional asset that will create jobs, boost Minnesota businesses, enhance mobility and access to higher education and improve safety.
Contact These Leaders Now
Please send an email to these legislative leaders (just paste their email addresses into the bcc: window). Messages are below.
Please also consider pasting your message into the email form for Governor Tim Walz at https://mn.gov/governor/contact/
Finally, we ask that you send a message of thanks to Sen. Jeremy Miller, Winona, for his support of the Second Train, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your message should include:
Email subject lines should say, “Support TCMC Second Train in Bonding Bill.”
Immediately state if you are a constituent and why you are contacting them. (e.g. "My name is ___, and I am a constituent. I am writing about the TCMC Second Train.” OR “My name is ___. I am writing about the TCMC Second Train.”
Minnesota needs a major jobs initiative that a bonding bill would provide, and that the Second Train would be a state and regional asset that will create jobs, boost Minnesota businesses, enhance mobility and access to higher education and improve safety.
Your support will match funds already committed by Wisconsin and Amtrak to leverage $52 million in federal construction funds, and create engineering and construction jobs quickly.
More Reasons to Support the Second Train
A second round-trip Amtrak passenger train between the Twin Cities and Chicago would boost the economy in a number of beneficial ways:
Create engineering and construction jobs to design and build $30 million in track and signal improvements around Winona and La Crescent
Support Minnesota businesses (as an example, Amtrak spent $60 million in goods and services in Minnesota in 2016)
Support tourism spending in Minnesota – 46% of all Amtrak riders are tourists
Connect Minnesota colleges and universities to prospective students in Wisconsin and Illinois
Improve safety and efficiency for freight, automobile and pedestrian movement along the tracks
Provide a comfortable, productive alternative mode of transportation for business travelers
Some of us can be a bit apprehensive about contacting our legislators. Don’t worry! Legislators want to hear from their constituents. Click here for tips.
Need more information about the second train and it's benefits? Click the image to the right for the Legislative Request packet.