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Sept. 3, 2009
 

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Minnesota submits applications for High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program

 

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. —Mn/DOT submitted two applications to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the first round of funding under the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program.  Mn/DOT also plans to submit three more applications early next year for the HSIPR program’s second round of funding.

 

The FRA released new guidance for Track 2 applications’ compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on August 14, 2009.  Mn/DOT in consultation with Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) changed the initial strategy of submitting the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI) project under Track 2 to apply for Track 3 funds and comply with the new NEPA guidance.  This would allow Mn/DOT to apply for Track 2 funding for the MWRRI project in the second round of funding in 2010.

 

The applications submitted are:

 

 

Track

Round

Application

Due Date

 

Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (Twin Cities, MN to Milwaukee, WI)

$600,000 for an estimated $1.2 million to develop a service NEPA (high-level environmental study) in partnership with WisDOT for the Twin Cities to Milwaukee segment of the Chicago-Milwaukee-Twin Cities passenger rail corridor project.

3

1

Aug. 24, 2009

St. Paul Union Depot

$135.8 million to fully fund the construction of a multimodal transit hub at the St. Paul Union Depot.  The project includes final design work and construction.

1

1

Aug. 24, 2009

 

In 2010, Mn/DOT will consider the submission for three more applications under Round 2 funding of the HSIPR program:

 

 

Track

Round

Application

Due Date

 

Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (Twin Cities, MN to Milwaukee, WI)

$50 million for the Twin Cities to Milwaukee segment of the Chicago-Milwaukee-Twin Cities passenger rail corridor project which would include project NEPA, preliminary engineering and design work.

2

2

Spring 2010

Northstar Phase II

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

1

2

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.

2

2

Spring 2010

 

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

 

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

 

 

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