Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Existing service

Empire Builder Service routes in Minnesota MapAmtrak currently provides passenger rail service in Minnesota on its Empire Builder route from Chicago, Ill. to Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash.

The Empire Builder operates one daily train in each direction in Minnesota, and makes station stops in Winona, Red Wing, St. Paul/Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Staples, and Detroit Lakes. The Empire Builder also makes station stops in the border cities of La Crosse, Wis., Fargo, N.D., and Grand Forks, N.D. It operates over freight rail tracks owned by Canadian Pacific Railway, Minnesota Commercial Railway, and BNSF Railway while traveling through Minnesota.

For more information, visit the Amtrak website.