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St. Paul’s Union Depot seen as key hub for high-speed rail

Supporters of a high-speed rail line connecting St. Paul and Chicago — and using the downtown St. Paul Union Depot as a key hub — have put up on YouTube a video (below) that touts the project.

The group OnBoard Midwest, a coalition of people, business, elected officials and organizations supporting the proposed high-speed rail line, created the video and say the “proposed 400-mile Saint Paul-to-Chicago rail line will enter Minnesota at La Crescent and travel north for 150 miles along the Mississippi River through Winona and Red Wing before ending at the Union Depot in Saint Paul. The project will utilize existing tracks between Saint Paul and Chicago and capitalize on substantial investments already committed to the region.”

And when it stops at the Union Depot, it will connect with the coming light rail line that will run to Minneapolis.

Also, MnDOT has announced it will seek stimulus money for the depot and rail line: a $137 million federal stimulus grant to develop the St. Paul Union Depot into a bus and rail transit hub and $50 million for preliminary work on a Chicago-to-Twin Cities rail corridor.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Tim Nelson on 08/06/2009 - 09:58 am.

    The light rail line does not connect to the Depot, yet.

    A light rail/monorail hybrid would cost about half as much as the proposed light rail connection.

    This would also dispel the myth that light rail is current, up-to-date, technology.

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