The Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission was honored to host Alene Tchourumoff, the new Minnesota State Rail Director at its November 4 meeting. The position of rail director was created by Governor Mark Dayton in April 2016. The role of state rail director is to proactively address coordination of state agencies which monitor trains hauling oil and other hazardous waste, increase rail safety measures, and expand freight and passenger rail opportunities. This statewide position is the first of its kind in the nation.
In July, Governor Dayton created a Freight Rail Council to pull industry and state agencies together. According to Tchourumoff, Governor's Council has three main goals ...