Where the project stands: Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service

March 7, 2017

From The Minnesota Department of Transportation

The project seeks to implement a second daily round trip passenger train on the Empire Builder route to improve mobility and increase reliable travel options between Minnesota and Illinois, while minimizing capital investment.

The proposed service would follow Amtrak’s existing long distance Empire Builder route with termini at Chicago Union Station and Union Depot in Saint Paul — serving all existing stations on the Empire Builder route plus the Milwaukee Airport Rail Station. The service would operate at conventional speeds (79 m.p.h.).

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