Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service

The project seeks to implement a second daily round trip passenger train on the Empire Builder route to improve mobility and increase reliable travel options between Minnesota and Illinois, while minimizing capital investment.

The proposed service would follow Amtrak‚Äôs existing long distance Empire Builder route with termini at Chicago Union Station and Union Depot in Saint Paul — serving all existing stations on the Empire Builder route plus the Milwaukee Airport Rail Station. The service would operate at conventional speeds (79 m.p.h.).

Map of potential Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago intercity passenger rail service (formerly referred to as 2nd Train).

Map of Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago intercity passenger rail service. This project would add an additional daily round-trip passenger train to the existing Amtrak Empire Builder corridor between the Twin Cities and Chicago.