MnDot State Rail Passenger Office Funding Request
January 10, 2018
MnDot State Rail Passenger Office funding request
Hello All Aboard Minnesota Members -
The MnDot State Rail Passenger office recently submitted a 2018 capital funding request to Governor Mark Dayton for $1 million to complete environmental work and service planning for the second train frequency between the Twin Cities and Chicago. An additional $3million was requested for the state's share of the final design. This funding is essential for continued passenger rail corridor development for this expanded service.
You may have seen an article published in the StarTribune recently about legislators efforts to stop high speed rail passenger planning between the Twin Cities and Chicago. We are advocating for the additional conventional passenger rail passenger service, not high speed rail.
If the $4 million is included in the Governor's proposed budget, it will give the state rail passenger office hope that funding could be available to continue the vital planning work for the second conventional passenger train frequency.
- PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR DAYTON, AND TELL HIM TO INCLUDE THE MnDOT STATE RAIL PLANNING OFFICE REQUEST OF $1 MILLION AND $3 MILLION TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK FOR EXPANDED PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE.
- The Governor's phone is: 651-201-3400
The Governor's budget is scheduled to be released on January 16, 2018, so it is imperative you contact him this week.
We were instrumental in our calling campaign to restore funding just to keep the State Rail Passenger office open during last years session, so we do make a vital difference! Your voices are heard!
Thank you for taking action and making this important call.
All Aboard Minnesota Board of Directors
P.S. We have posted this alert on our Facebook page as well.