Minnesota has many exciting rail and transportation projects currently underway or in the planning stages. With the Twin Cities as the center of the network, Minnesota is perfect for commuter and high-speed rail. Completed projects include a new train station in St Paul and improvements on the Amtrak Empire Builder Line.

The Twin Cities are in desperate need of commuter rail to surrounding communities to reduce traffic congestion and improve the region’s economic competitiveness. Minnesota must continue to invest in its passenger rail infrastructure if it wishes to grow its economy, reduce its environmental footprint and continue to attract investment.

The steps Minnesota has taken are positive, but more pro-active planning and thought are needed to truly create the transportation network of the future.