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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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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive)

Archive Phase


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Economic Development, Transportation

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:


Collaborators

Contact: TBD ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

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

Known/Likely Collaborators: North American High Speed Rail Group (NAHSR)

Potential Collaborators:


Related Projects

DMC Transit and Transportation Plan ; Rochester City Transit Development Plan

 

 

Detailed Description

 

ZIPRail rochester skyline.jpg

 

 

 

 

Project Status/News

June 26, 2016: 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: 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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Related PlanScape Status

Economic Development, Transportation  

September 20, 2020: Collider Foundation

Collider is Seeking Passionate Individuals for Three Contract Ecosystem Navigator Positions

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September 09, 2020: Connecting emmright with Collider

OpenBeam arranged a meeting between emmright and Collider. Good potential to collaborate especially in the Collider's Navigator program. 

 

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September 08, 2020: Rochester City Transit Development Seeking Co-designers

Co-designers will be Rochester residents with strong connections to their communities and local knowledge of their neighborhood and the Rapid Transit Project area. 

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August 30, 2020: SE MN Together: Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SE Minnesota

Convening conversation on how our region can work together to be a welcoming region. 

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August 26, 2020: Help Needed - Diversity Council of Rochester

Diversity Council is looking for members to join its team: (1) Facilitators (2) Curriculum Development & Delivery Manager

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August 20, 2020: Another Milestone with ICI

   The City of Rochester, in partnership with the Diversity Council and others, announced the release of the draft Intercultural Cities Initiative program index report and an upcoming virtual site visit. 

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June 17, 2020: Beam connecting TBE with community resources

Set up connections with Diversity Council's Community Mobilization Resources and allies

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June 01, 2020: Rochester Downtown Alliance Downtown and Inteview Series

(1) Downtown restaurants reopening and (2) Preparing to re-open and interviewing Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium about COVID. 

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May 28, 2020: DMC EDA Covid Recovery Actions

COVID-19 Recovery Actions: (1) Presentation to DMCC board (2) Webinar COVID business restart discussion series

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May 18, 2020: Plans for a pair of transit villages connected by a dedicated route are being scaled back.

"The council opted to move forward with a modified plan for a single village at Mayo Clinic’s west parking lot along Second Street Southwest and a transit system traveling east and west with a loop around the city-county Government Center."

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May 11, 2020: Rochester-area Chamber of Commerce - back to work info series

Topics include: 5 Steps to Reopening your business safely, Liability Concerns for Reopening Your Business

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April 16, 2020: Microgrants to Help Support Entrepreneurial Activity

Microgrants to Help Support Entrepreneurial Activity and The ‘United We Stand’ Small Business Microgrant Fund aims to provide emergency cash assistance for brick and mortar businesses.

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

 

 

 

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Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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