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The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail)

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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Impacts

PlanScape: Economic Development ; Transportation

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.

Collaboration

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

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

Potential Collaborators:

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 06, 2017: Groundbreaking Building 1 Discovery Square

The building will be the first of several science and research complexes that could total up to 2 million square feet in the 16-block Discovery Square area.

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November 04, 2017: DMCC approves $22M in capitral improvement projects for 2018

While the DMC EDA budget will rise from $3.5 million this year to more than $3.7 million next year, the city will contribute $122,000 less and Mayo Clinic's contribution will increase by $337,000.

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October 11, 2017: What's the vision for Saint Marys Place subdistrict?

PB Reporting: "A Destination Medical Center rendering provides a potential look at the future St. Marys Place. Community input is being sought this week as a final design concept nears."

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October 09, 2017: Taylor Arena Replacement

Discussion of a proposed arena project connected to Mayo Civic Center will continue Tuesday.

The Mayo Civic Center Commission will hear a presentation from London-based PricewaterhouseCoopers regarding an analysis of a proposed sport and entertainment arena to replace Taylor Arena.

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October 01, 2017: University of Minnesota, Rochester Master Plan

PB reports "The University of Minnesota Rochester is taking another step toward its future goal of building a 10-acre college campus at the edge of downtown."

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September 10, 2017: Planning 2 Succeed: Rochester 2040 Comprehensive Plan

P2S updates to be presented to CNG in September CNG meeting. 

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August 03, 2017: Need for workforce development and labor shortage

Members of the House Greater Minnesota Economic & Workforce Development Policy traveled to Rochester on Thursday to learn more about the region's economic challenges. They started the day at the Rochester WorkForce Center at Rochester Community and Technical College

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July 19, 2017: DMC $200M Goal Reached and state money to start flowing

Having reached the local investmen of $200M, the city will receive $2.75 for each $100 spent beyond the $200 million.

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Last modified by allnode on 2017/09/03
Created by allnode on 2015/05/05

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