Twin Cities to Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Project
The Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Project is accepting public comments until April 9, 2021.
The project would add a second daily round-trip passenger train on the corridor with 12 stops along the route. The additional frequency would be integrated with Hiawatha Service and will provide more options for connecting to public transit and the bus network.
We support additional service on this route and the additional trip will make day trips along the route more feasible and provide an important transportation alternative for the communities along the route. 59% of Wisconsin’s population and 61% of Minnesota’s population are within 30 miles of a TCMC station or 15 miles from a TCMC connecting shuttle.
The project is estimated to cost $53 million and will improve mobility and strengthen the connection between the cities along the route. Much of the funding has already been secured, with $31.8 million from the federal Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement grant awarded in 2020. $12.6 was awarded from the FRA Restoration and Enhancement grant to offset cost operations for the first three years and Amtrak has committed $5 million as well. Wisconsin and Minnesota need to match the funding with $6.2 million from Wisconsin and $10 million from Minnesota.