Amtrak plans 2nd daily Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago train

Service is expected to start in 2024
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Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 3:42 PM CDT
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A second Amtrak passenger train that will run between St. Paul and Chicago is expected to begin daily service in 2024, after Minnesota lawmakers set aside $10 million for the project.

The money from the state was the final piece needed to jump-start the additional round-trip service to Chicago’s Union Station.

Minnesota now joins the federal government, Wisconsin and Amtrak in funding the $53.3 million capital portion of the project. According to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation report, infrastructure improvements are needed, including rebuilding a second mainline track in La Crosse, as well as numerous track and switch upgrades in Minnesota.

The trip would take about 7 1/2 hours and is expected to ferry about 124,000 passengers between St. Paul and Chicago each year.

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