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Second Train to Chicago: Still Running Late

Last Thursday, after a delay of almost 2½ years, the Amtrak study for adding a second daily train between the Chicago and the Twin Cities was finally released. The agreement to begin the supposed nine-month study was signed back on May 3, 2012, and it finally arrived on July 2, 2015, thirty-eight months later. Cue […]

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Sunday Summary – May 24, 2015

It’s been a very quiet week here on streets.mn; perhaps we’re hung over from the busy end to the legislative session or anticipating the Memorial Day/Commencement weekend. Holiday weekend ideas For a holiday weekend, what better than a critique of CHS Field, a Perfect Cap for Lowertown, home of the Saint Paul Saints (where you could […]

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Rail Is Safe–What About Our Roads?

Last week’s train crash in Philadelphia was horrific. Fortunately, crashes like this and the associated deaths and injuries are quite rare; despite the horrific nature of these crashes, rail and air are exceptionally safe modes of transportation on the whole.   Note: While the data above are accurate it is important to provide some context. […]

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The Market and the Math to Make Passenger Rail Work

The Twin Cities region sits at the edge of the populous eastern third of the United States. There aren’t big million-plus metropolitan areas for long distances to the west, so when looking at plans for passenger rail expansion, there aren’t many obvious destinations. However, the lone intercity train to pass through Minnesota, the Empire Builder, is […]

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