Minnesota Lawmakers Considering Second Train to Chicago
WINONA (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers need to approve $1 million next year for the second phase of a study about adding a second Twin Cities-to-Chicago passenger train with stops in Red Wing and Winona.
Legislators already are faced with more than $3 billion in requests for construction projects across Minnesota.
Red Wing Mayor Sean Dowse says a second train would help boost the city's economy.
The Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation agencies did a feasibility of the second route in 2015. The study estimates that a second train would see 155,000 riders annually and generate more than $6.8 in annual revenue.
The project is estimated to cost more than $95 million, with an additional $6.6 million in annual operating and maintenance costs.