Today was the Zip Rail meeting at the Kenyon High School, and it was PACKED.  I printed up 80 flyers, but ran out and could have handed out another 80.  WOW!  It’s great to see people so interested.


I’ve been learning about this project, and it takes some digging to get information.  My goal is to encourage people to ask questions, and where there’s the opportunity, to file comments.  In this case, we have until August 6, 2014, to send comments in for scoping on the “Tier 1” EIS.  This means that we should tell them what all we think should be covered in the environmental review, and send the comments to:

Comments due by August  6, 2014.  Send comments to:


MN DOT Passenger Rail Office ATTN: Zip Rail
395 John Ireland Boulevard, MS 470
St. Paul, MN 55155

What I’ve found is that it’s hard to find anything.  Start looking, and what do you find?  Zip!  The best information source is the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, and to look at their “Studies/White Papers” page.  I’m most interested in “Midwest” “HSR” (high speed rail) and “Economics,” and HERE IS THE RESULT for that.

Here is my favorite for basic information, it’s got some basic cost estimates, particularly on p. 105 of 151, for the Metro – Chicago route, take a quarter of that and it’s a good starting ballpark figure, just over $7 billion (the number I hear being thrown around is $1 billion, and no way, no how, so just pay no attention and do some digging):

Economic Impacts of High Speed Rail 2011

And some others:

ROCOG Presentation ZipRail_011714


Zip Rail Report


And remember, here is from the Minnesota Zip Rail site, their documents, sparse, but this is what we have:

Title Document Type Date Format File Size
Page size:

 10 items in 1 pages
Zip Rail Open House Flyer Public Meeting Materials Jul 16, 2014 icon 132 KB
Newsletter – July 2014 Newsletters Jul 07, 2014 icon 885 KB
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No. 4 Other Jul 07, 2014 icon 5 MB
Zip Rail Scoping Package Reports Jul 07, 2014 icon 7 MB
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No.3 Reports Oct 17, 2013 icon 3 MB
Draft Purpose and Need Statement Reports Oct 07, 2013 icon 634 KB
Public Involvement Plan Reports Jun 01, 2013 icon 4 MB
Notice of Intent Reports May 13, 2013 icon 28 KB
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No.2 Reports Apr 04, 2013 icon 1 MB
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No.1 Reports Feb 28, 2013 icon 1 MB


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