Good progress is being made on the next phase of work that will bring a second daily round-trip passenger train to the
Twin Cities to Chicago corridor. A productive meeting occurred between project managers and the Federal Railroad Administration in April, project partners have finalized a scope of service for an environmental assessment, and a consultant was selected to complete the assessment.
A coalition of funding partners committed earlier this year to a majority of the cost of the assessment, including the Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, and La Crosse Area Planning Committee. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is the lead agency on the project.
After the environmental analysis is completed and approved in 2017, track improvements could begin and train sets could be purchased, depending on funding.