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Aug. 3, 2009



Minnesota Department of Transportation
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St. Paul, MN 55155-1899

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Minnesota submits applications for federal stimulus passenger rail grants


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mn/DOT today announced it will apply for two grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment $8 billion high speed intercity passenger rail grant program this year and consider two others in 2010.


The proposals were presented today to the Intercity Passenger Rail Forum in St. Paul. The forum is a group of stakeholders from around the state working to advance and improve state passenger and freight rail service.


The proposals are:






Due Date


St. Paul Union Depot

$137 million for build a multimodal transit hub at the St. Paul Union Depot. The project includes final design work and construction.




Aug. 24, 2009

Midwest Regional Rail Initiative

$50 million for Chicago-Milwaukee-Twin Cities passenger rail corridor project, which would include environmental documentation, preliminary engineering and design work.



Oct. 2, 2009

Northstar Phase II

$150 million for a Minneapolis to St. Cloud passenger rail service. The project includes final design and construction.




Spring 2010

Northern Lights Express

$45 million for the Northern Lights Express intercity rail line between Duluth and Minneapolis. The project includes preliminary engineering and design work.




Spring 2010


"We’ve seen support for these four projects at our Intercity Passenger Rail Forums," said Mn/DOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. "A lot of hard work by all involved went into developing these submissions. It was clearly a community effort."


The ARRA rail discretionary grant program has four funding tracks. Track 1 is for capital projects that can be completed within two years. Track 2 is for comprehensive corridor service development. Tracks 3 and 4 are for service planning activities aimed at putting projects into development with up to 50 percent federal funding. Applications for Tracks 1, 3 and 4 are due Aug. 24, 2009; Track 2 applications are due on Oct. 2, 2009.


This grant program is in addition to the more than $600 million in ARRA funding Minnesota has received to date for road and bridge projects, transit, ports and waterways and airports.


For more information on Mn/DOT’s ARRA effort, visit: www.dot.state.mn.us/federalrecovery.