High-Speed Rail Across Minnesota
Minnesota Statewide Rail Plan
MnDOT is updating the five-year Minnesota Statewide Rail Plan. The plan will identify priority rail corridors, programs, and projects that offer effective improvements or expansion for passenger and freight travel in and out of Minnesota.
MnDOT hosted a series of open houses in various locations throughout the state in October and November to gain public input. The updated Plan will address new trends, continue to promote safety, investigate funding methods, and includes an updated priorities and projects list. The open houses, held in Northfield/Albert Lea, St. Cloud, St. Paul, Red Wing, Mankato, Duluth, Winona, Willmar and Eau Claire, WI, were designed to educate attendees on the Statewide Rail Plan, receive feedback on rail improvement needs, freight and passenger service, and related topics.
To see the presentation click here
Meanwhile in 2014, passenger rail projects from the Twin Cities to Duluth and from the Twin Cities to Rochester moved forward, and Union Depot began serving passenger rail passengers again. Read more about the Union Depot opening.
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High-Speed Rail Across the US and the World
High-speed rail has proven to be the best form of transportation in country after country going back 50 years to Japan. It's now in operation in more than 20 countries (including the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan). HSR is under construction in more than 10 countries (including China, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France, and Italy); and in development in another 14 countries (including Qatar, Morocco, Russia, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, India, Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil).
This year, in the US, high-speed rail projects moved forward in Illinois, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and California, among others.
Click here to learn more about high-speed rail across the US.