Winona city and business leaders learn about potential passenger train additions

WINONA, Minn. (WEAU) -- Tuesday afternoon in Winona civic, business and government leaders learned more about adding a second passenger train from Amtrak.

The proposed addition would be for a second train from the Twin Cities to Chicago.

Workers with the non-profit All Aboard Minnesota are lobbying for the addition.

They say it would bring in millions of dollars in potential tourism money and is a much cheaper alternative to new roads and airports.

"Rail service on existing infrastructure is much less costly than building new roadways or building new runways for airports. Typically to upgrade existing rail infrastructure costs around $1 million a mile and to build a new highway costs around $10 million," said All Aboard Minnesota President Brian Nelson.

Winona Mayor Mark Peterson says the new train would be a great opportunity for the city.

Funding still needs to be approved in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but Nelson says the new passenger train could be running within the next five years.



 
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