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Minnesota State Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) has introduced a bipartisan bill that would fund the state’s share of a significant overhaul of southeast Minnesota rail infrastructure, according to news release.
In fall 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved a $31.8 million grant for infrastructure improvements in Wisconsin and Minnesota on Canadian Pacific’s Soo Line serving Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The improvements would provide significant freight-rail upgrades and further the development of additional passenger-rail service between the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, and Chicago.
The federal grant requires a state match. Wisconsin and Amtrak have already committed their shares of funding, leaving Minnesota as the only uncommitted partner.