The Minnesota Rail Service Program (MRSI) Program was created in 1976. Funding for the MRSI Program was authorized in 1978. In 1982, a Constitutional Amendment provided for Bonds to be used for the MRSI Program. The MRSI Program has received General Fund appropriations totaling $16.0 million and Bond appropriations totaling $25.5 million over the life of the program. The 2003 Legislature rescinded $3.9 million July 1, 2003 and another $2.5 million will be taken July 1, 2004. This deduction from the MRSI Program will decrease the General fund appropriations to $9.6 million.
These funds were loaned or granted to rail users and rail carriers to rehabilitate deteriorating rail lines, to improve rail-shipping opportunities, and to preserve and maintain abandoned rail corridors for future transportation use. Recently, funds have been used for improving, extending and moving rail sidings, construction of grain storage bins, fertilizer storage, building warehouses along the rail siding, and improving the speed of loading into rail cars. The success of this program has enabled it to fund itself for the last 25 years. If you have any questions about the program or the application process contact Peter Dahlberg (651) 366-3693.
MRSI Rail Line Rehabilitation (PDF 8KB)
MRSI Capitol Improvement Loans (PDF12KB)
MRSI Application (PDF 52KB)
To request any of these documents in an alternative format, call Bruce Lattu at 651-366-4718 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please request at least one week in advance).