Railroad

January 29, 2010

Lawmakers tough on proposed rail bypass around Rochester

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

A bill backed by Olmsted County and Mayo Clinic seeking $8 million in planning dollars for a freight railroad bypass of Rochester got a rocky reception from lawmakers on Thursday. Opponents blasted the proposal during a House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee hearing. That included Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston…   Mayo Clinic Dr. Glenn Forbes […]

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Tags: rail bypass, southern rail


January 21, 2010

Three speak at Rochester rail hearing

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

Minnesota’s statewide rail plan took another step toward completion Wednesday with a public hearing conducted simultaneously at 16 locations across the state…   “We like the fact we’re included in the plan,” said Mayo Clinic spokesman Tim Geisler. Mayo lobbied for Rochester to be included as a stop on a high-speed line connecting Chicago to […]

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Tags: Rail hearing, southern rail corridor


January 18, 2010

State bonding bill is a major let down for Rochester

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

For southeastern Minnesota, this state bonding bill is a bummer. There were nearly $100 million in area requests — but only $2 million funded, under Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s $685 million bonding recommendation.   The governor unveiled his bonding proposal Friday at the state Capitol — a prelude to the Minnesota Legislature’s start on Feb. 4. […]

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Tags: southern rail corridor, state bonding bill


January 7, 2010

Olmsted County, Mayo Clinic urge support for bypass

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

Olmsted County and Mayo Clinic leaders urged state legislators on Tuesday to back funding for a southern rail bypass because of the economic implications.   Dr. Glenn Forbes, the clinic’s medical director for state government, told members of the House Commerce and Labor Committee visiting Rochester that the rail bypass is critical to the continued […]

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Tags: train bypass


December 29, 2009

Statewide rail plan expected to be released this week

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

Rochester’s push to be a stop on a high-speed rail line from Chicago to the Twin Cities appears to be chugging ahead.    Several rail corridors, including Rochester, will be among those chosen for additional environmental analysis as part of the final statewide rail plan, said Dave Christianson, MnDOT project manager. That report is expected […]

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Tags: statewide rail plan


December 9, 2009

Name that train!

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

The Southeast Minnesota Rail Alliance is asking backers of a proposed high-speed rail line to help come up with a name for the train. The final route for a proposed high-speed rail line from Chicago to the Twin Cities has yet to be determined. And there is plenty of competition among communities as to where […]

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Tags: name the train, Railroad


October 20, 2009

Study author discusses the costs of rail options

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

Alexander Metcalf, president of Transportation Economics & Management Systems of Maryland, prepared the report for Mayo Clinic regarding high-speed rail in Minnesota. The report, titled the Tri-State III High Speed Rail Feasibility Study, outlines the case for local officials who want high-speed rail service in Rochester. Metcalf answered questions in an interview with the P-B: […]

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Tags: high-speed rail, rail bypass


October 20, 2009

Ardell Brede and Glenn Forbes: High-speed rail via Rochester would benefit all of Minnesota

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

Which route for a high-speed passenger rail line from the Twin Cities to Chicago offers the greatest public benefit to Minnesota? With a singular focus on answering this question, the Southeast Minnesota Rail Alliance commissioned a study to provide state policymakers with a current, apples-to-apples comparison of the proposed River Route (Winona-Red Wing-Hastings-St. Paul) and […]

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Tags: high-speed rail, Southeastern Minnesota Rail Alliance


September 10, 2009

Mayo’s presence benefits all of us

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

I was appalled by the recent letter to the editor from Kathy King regarding Mayo Clinic.   We all have our opinions, but she is way off on her statements concerning plans for improvements at Rochester International Airport…   I also strongly disagree with her opposition to the effort to make Rochester a medical destination […]

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Tags: southern rail corridor


August 27, 2009

DM&E Railroad puts $6 billion coal plan on hold

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein (@KelleyLuckstein)

The Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp. says its $6 billion plan to ship Wyoming coal across South Dakota and Minnesota has been put on hold because of the poor economy.   In court papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, DM&E also said it has dropped its condemnation lawsuits against some landowners […]

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Tags: DM&E, Railroad


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