All Aboard Saint Paul - Next Stop Duluth or Chicago
At that pace, a high-speed train service between Saint Paul and Chicago may be in our future. Additionally, a Northern Lights Express line between Duluth and Minneapolis is already moving forward.
It’s no fluke, either. The Empire Builder is on its sixth straight year of ridership growth. Whenever services are added to the line, they fill up almost immediately. Proponents of the rails believe that if the trains can be faster and more efficient, even more people will choose to ride.
Overall, Amtrak gained nearly 2 million new passengers in the fiscal year, with the high cost of gas the most likely contributor to the influx of new rail travelers. Amtrak and other rail services’ sudden popularity has gained the attention of the federal government. Before leaving office, former President Bush signed the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, legislation that provides $14.9 billion for Amtrak and passenger-rail funding over the next five years. It nearly doubles current spending levels.
One feature of the bill matches grants for state rail service, opening up new options for passenger trains in
Furthermore, Amtrak is also studying a possible revival of the North Coast Hiawatha train, which from 1971 through 1979 brought riders through