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St. Paul Mayor Coleman, Oberstar in Chicago conferring on high-speed rail between cities

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is in Chicago today for a meeting with Mayor Richard Daley and Minnesota 8th District Rep. Jim Oberstar to discuss a potential high-speed rail connection between the two cities.

Coleman flew there this morning and is flying home tonight. Where’s that train when you need it?

A Midwest Regional Rail Initiative calls for high-speed passenger rail from St. Paul’s Union Depot south to Winona and then east through Wisconsin, including Madison and Milwaukee, before arriving in Chicago. The transportation departments from nine Midwestern states have been working together since 1996 to develop a 3,000-mile, high-speed rail system that would put 90 percent of the Midwest’s population within a one-hour car ride of a train station or 30 minutes within a feeder bus station.

In a press release, Coleman said: “Rail was instrumental in building St. Paul and the Upper Midwest, and, as we look to create a robust, multi-modal transportation plan for the nation, high-speed rail will play a significant role in our future. An investment in this kind of infrastructure is good for the economy, good for the environment and essential for future of our region.

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