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2010 Minnesota Comprehensive Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan February 2010 presented by: Minnesota Department of Transportation and Cambridge.

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1 2010 Minnesota Comprehensive Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan February 2010 presented by: Minnesota Department of Transportation and Cambridge Systematics

2 4 Class I Railroads 16 Short Line Railroads 4500 Route Miles 250 Million tons/year Rail moved 38% by weight, 14% by value of all freight in MN – significantly more than US average 8 th Highest Rail Miles in Nation 25-40% growth by 2030 Current Rail System

3 3 Freight Vision Rail is a critical part of the states multimodal freight system, and provides connections to key markets beyond the state Many of the states major industries rely on freight rail A strong rail system supports – Economic development – Environmental sustainability – Preservation of the publicly owned roadway infrastructure – Business marketability of the State Therefore, Minnesota should strive to develop a balanced multimodal freight system which can respond to increased regional and international economic competition, constrained highway capacity, environmental challenges, a diverse customer base and rising energy costs

4 Passenger Vision Forecast shows population and employment growth in the state will continue to increase demand on the states highway, air, bus systems Availability of new federal funds for rail investment creates a unique opportunity Global and national economic and environmental trends are likely to increase fuel costs and impose controls on greenhouse gas emission Therefore, Minnesota should develop a robust intra- and interstate intercity passenger rail system which results in improved travel options, costs, and speeds for Minnesota and interstate travelers

5 Intercity Passenger Rail - Definitions Conventional Passenger Rail – Shares freight rail network – 79 mph or less top speed Incremental Improvement – 80 mph to 110 mph (FRA HSR threshold) High Speed Rail – Greater than 110 mph ( mph) – Grade separation required above 124 mph – Partial or full segregation from freight

6 Accomplishing the Passenger Vision Develop HSR service with Mid West Regional Rail Initiative to connect the Twin Cities to the Chicago Hub Network Develop a regional passenger rail network connecting the Twin Cities to major regional trade centers, coordinated as part of a larger integrated regional/national multimodal system Use interchangeable and interoperable equipment, common facilities, fully coordinated routes, schedules in network All corridors serve state and full Metro area connected through the Minneapolis downtown terminal and St. Paul Union Depot Advance system incrementally to develop network connectivity and grow ridership in timely manner Advance projects simultaneously depending on readiness, funding, ROW acquisition, agreements with freight RRs

7 Phase I Projects ( ) Phase II Projects (Future Expansion) Other Freight Lines

8 Chicag o Detroit St. Louis Madiso n Pontiac Cleveland Cincinnat i La Crosse Rochester Duluth Milwaukee A B C C Twin Cities St. Cloud Willmar To Sioux Falls To Fargo- Moorhead Dayton Columbu s Louisville Kansas City Mankato Eau Claire

9 Rail Improvement Benefits High speed passenger rail, mile length, offers improved travel time, capacity, reliability, predictability in major corridors Positive benefits for energy use, environmental impacts, economic development, jobs, land use, modal and transit connections Positive return on investment, times more than cost Bridge, bottleneck, track upgrades to handle 25 mph/286K freight minimums, HSR system improve MN competitiveness Improving rail options, expanding intermodal capacity saves roads & complements capacity of road, waterway, air, and public transit systems

10 Estimated System Costs & Revenues (Phase I passenger & freight system – 2009 $) Total system capital investment by 2030 = $ B Freight portion of total = $ B – 74% private Passenger portion of total = $ B – 50-80% Federal Annualized non-federal ops share = $81-155M Gross Annual Operating cost = $ M After farebox revenues, annual subsidy = $42-93M Farebox recovery ratio = 49-71%

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