Minnesota lawmakers urged to keep passenger rail on track

April 6, 2016

By Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota

ST. PAUL

A small investment by state lawmakers today could move passenger rail between the Twin Cities and Duluth closer to reality – and strengthen Minnesota’s entire transportation system, unions and other supporters say.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

Measures before this year’s Legislature (HF3428 (link is external)/SF3176 (link is external)) would appropriate $4 million in state bonding to complete engineering of the Northern Lights Express high-speed rail project (link is external), with stops in Minneapolis, Coon Rapids, Cambridge, Hinckley, Superior, Wis.; and Duluth.

Led by the United Transportation Union/SMART (link is external) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen/IBT (link is external), unions are lining up behind the plan, which would create jobs, help the environment and provide a safe, reliable and enjoyable travel experience.

They are urging lawmakers to act before the 2016 session ends on May 23.

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