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The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail)

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The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor, or Zip Rail, is an approximately 100-mile corridor located between Rochester and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area (Twin Cities). The corridor includes Olmsted, Dodge, Goodhue, Rice, Dakota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties. The rail corridor is planned to connect Rochester with existing and/or proposed transportation facilities in Minneapolis/St. Paul and is consistent with an eventual high speed passenger rail regional connection between the Twin Cities and Chicago. Zip Rail offers a different type of service than commuter rail or existing rail service:

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Collaboration

Lead Organization: North American High Speed Rail Group (NAHSR)

Confirmed Collaborators: North American High Speed Rail Group (NAHSR)

Potential Collaborators:

Detailed Description

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Impacts

PlanScape

Level 1: Economic Development ; Transportation

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DMC:

Community Health:

Results

Economic Growth

  • Zip Rail would contribute annual incremental economic activity of $987 million to the State of Minnesota, $84 million of that benefiting Olmsted County. Over 25 years, this incremental economic activity would total more than $16.8 billion to the state, including more than $1.4 billion to Olmsted County.
  • Additional annual income from employment growth would be $446 million across the State of Minnesota, $45 million of that benefiting Olmsted County. Over 25 years, this additional income from employment growth would total more than $7.6 billion for the state and more than $765 million for Olmsted County.
  • Annual tax revenues would increase by $46 million to the State of Minnesota, $3 million to Olmsted County and $94 million to the federal government. Over 25 years this additional tax revenue would total more than $784 million to the state, including more than $59 million to Olmsted County, and nearly $1.6 billion to the federal government.

 

Job Creation

  • The increased economic activity described above will, over 25 years, increase employment in Minnesota by 7,888 jobs, including an increase of 610 in Olmsted County.
  • During the course of construction of the line, 3,250 jobs would be created. Over the long term, 150 rail operations and maintenance jobs would be sustained.
 

User Benefits

  • The value of time savings to businesses is estimated at $25 million in the first year of operation resulting from worker productivity while in transit on Zip Rail versus the non-productive time of driving.
  • The value of time savings to individuals using Zip Rail is estimated at $4 million in the first year of operation.
  • An estimated 40 motor vehicle crashes would be avoided in the first year of Zip Rail operations, a monetized savings of $4 million.
  • Over 25 years, 1,188 crashes would be avoided, 10 of which would be classified as fatal; total monetary savings is estimated to be $88 million.
  • Zip Rail use would reduce motor vehicle petroleum use by approximately 2.5 million gallons and emissions by 22,000 metric tons in the first year of operation with a value of $750,000 in the first year and $16 million over the entire 25-year period.

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Economic Development, Transportation

June 26, 2016 openBEAM.net: The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail): if becoming more real then what?

"It's full steam ahead for a private rail company looking to build a high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities. North American High Speed Rail Group's Chief Manager Wendy Meadley said a preliminary study of the possible route has not turned up any major problems." A lot of speculation still at this point. If becoming more real, how does ZIP rail end points get connected to Rochester transit system and DMC transportation network.

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October 06, 2015 Post Bulletin: The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail)

With no federal funding for high-speed rail on the horizon, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials are considering suspending work on Zip Rail once an environmental review is done.

"We recognize that without a reliable source of funding for the planning and construction of a high-speed rail line, the project really just is in kind of limbo," said MnDOT Chief of Staff Eric Davis.

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November 18, 2018: Age Friendly Community Survey

How well is Rochester meeting your needs as you age? A survey.

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October 04, 2018: 6 Crtical Components for Discovery Square

Presented to DMCC Board in its September 2018 board meeting.

 

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September 25, 2018: DMC Transportation Plan Status

Status reports and documentations presented to DMCC.

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September 19, 2018: November 2017 DMC Dashboard

September 2018 DMCC Board Meeting, YE 2017 DMC Metrics per Nov. 2, 2017 DMCC Board Meeting.

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August 08, 2018: Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulletin Report

"Early plans for a $180 million construction project along the Zumbro River received some enthusiastic support from Rochester's Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night." 

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July 11, 2018: Prosperity Initiative

2018-07-011

Minority Business Conference hosted by SBDC, Diversity Council and Prosperity Initiative

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June 29, 2018: Triton Hilton Hotel (Broadway at Center)

June status same as March Status except completion date is now set for 1/31/2019.

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May 27, 2018: Three DMC Proposals

Three projects looking for TIF: Hotel Indigo, Hyatt House Hotel and Wells Fargo Bank Building Renovation

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May 17, 2018: Southeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board Strategic Planning Meeting

openBeam's information on structure and Southeast Minnesota Workforce Development Board Strategic Planning Meeting
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May 08, 2018: CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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