- March 1: a great opportunity for all members to stand up for more trains for Minnesota. One of AAMN’s top goals as an organization is to build grass-roots support for a more balanced transportation policy that includes sensible investment in modern trains. One of the best (and easiest) ways to do this is through the submission of resolutions at local precinct caucuses which will be held around the state on Tuesday evening, March 1.
Most political parties registered in Minnesota hold precinct caucuses to allow citizens to influence party policy. Caucuses are run by volunteers. Anyone can attend. There is no fee or charge. You’re are encouraged to voice your opinions. It’s democracy at its grass-roots best!
Locations of all MN precinct caucuses are now posted on the Secretary of State’s website: www.caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us. (Or, contact your city’s administrative office). For most, your caucus location will be very close to wherever you live.
- Sample caucus resolution: The Board is offering the following resolution for all members to bring to their local caucus, which is in support of a second daily train from the Twin Cities to Chicago. Please print this resolution out and take to your precinct caucuses:
Resolution for Caucus night on March 1:
“Whereas modern, fast, comfortable intercity passenger trains are largely missing in the state of Minnesota, and
Whereas the only one Amtrak daily train that serves west central Minnesota eastbound in the very early morning hours, and westbound at very late evening hours,
Whereas new train service on existing 79-mph routes costs a small fraction of the cost of building new roads and freeway lanes, examples being that to upgrade existing railroad right of way approximately $1 million per mile and new or highway expansion costs up to $10 million per mile, and
Whereas many other U.S. states have introduced new train services which have proven to be cost-effective and popular with the traveling public, and
Whereas more convenient train service will offer an economical and comfortable way for hundreds of thousands of people each year to get back and forth to Milwaukee and Chicago as alternative to driving on congested freeways, or flying, and
Whereas additional train service has proven to create economic growth, tourism, and community vibrancy all along its routes, as studies on the federal and state level have proven that every one (1) dollar invested in intercity passenger rail yields up to four (4) dollars in economic benefit to those communities served, and
Whereas MnDOT is currently studying the feasibility of adding a new daylight 79-mph passenger train between the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, and Chicago – on a reliable schedule– thus opening up new and important travel options for citizens, now therefore
Be it resolved that we support the implementation of this new train service at the earliest opportunity, and direct our legislators to find a suitable, stable form of funding
to support it.