Bills (HF1493/SF1866) have been introduced for consideration by the 2020 Legislature that authorize the funds needed by MnDOT for a required corridor study of the Albert Lea-Twin Cities Passenger Rail Corridor
Please take the time to email Minnesota Legislators to urge their support for regional passenger rail service for Northfield, and the general funds requested in  HF1493/SF1866 for the required Corridor study!

Please take the following 3 steps before March 20:
STEP I. Write a short email message (see below)

STEP II. Use the links below to send your message to Minnesota Legislators, and

STEP III. Encourage your friends and family to join you in emailing Legislators 

Every email counts! And every email is counted! 

STEP I Write a short personal message as follows:

    I. Introduce yourself: 

In the Subject line write: ”Constituent of [MN hometown or Northfield)]

If you are not from Minnesota, write “Support for HF1493/SF1866

Sample Message

I am writing to urge your support for HF1493/SF1866 which authorize the funds needed to move forward with the potential implementation of regional passenger rail service on existing rail lines designated in the Minnesota Statewide Rail Plan including the Albert Lea-Twin Cities Corridor that connects Southern Minnesota (Albert Lea, Owatonna, Faribault, Northfield) to St Paul, Minneapolis and the UMn Twin Cities Intercampus Busway using existing rail line. $500,000 in general funds are requested to study the Albert Lea- Twin CIties Corridor – and I write to urge your support for that appropriation! 

2. Make Your Case! Why do you support regional passenger rail service for Northfield?  Be specific. What needs would it serve for you/your family/your family/your City, State and Planet – – both now and in the future? Use specific real life examples if you can. [Click HERE  for a starter list of 20+ Reasons for Passenger Rail!]  [Click http://mnrail.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=220&action=edit for 20+ reasons why Regional Passenger Rail benefits  Minnesota’s post secondary schools and their students!

    3. Repeat your request!

 Please support HF1493/SF1866 and the general funds requested to study the Albert Lea-Twin Cities

 Passenger Rail Corridor! Consider closing with a statement such as:

  • “Help build a future transportation system in which all Minnesotans access the opportunities of this great state, without having to own a car.” or
  • “Help move Minnesota into a clean energy economy by reintroducing regional passenger rail service on existing rail lines designated in our State Rail Plan!” or
  • ““All Minnesotans deserve access to the opportunities of this Great State! Let’s build a future Transportation system that includes regional passenger rail service on the existing rail corridors designated in the Minnesota Statewide Rail Plan!” 

    4. Say Thank you!  “ Thank you for your consideration, and for your support of regional passenger rail service for Southern Minnesota! HF1493/SF1866!  
    5.       Save and Copy your message.

STEP II: Email your message to as many State Legislators as you can: click HERE: to find a list of all Mn Legislators and their emails and phone numbers.  If you are from Minnesota, start by emailing your Hometown Reps (click HERE to find the name, email and phone numbers of YOUR Legislators).  Note: emails to legislators from areas outside of Northfield are especially helpful; so if you are from a MN community outside of Northfield, please email your hometown representatives and make clear that you are a constituent of their District).

Consider sending the same message to  Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (click on the link and scroll down to post your message, or call the Governor at 651-201-3400 and encourage them to restore regional passenger rail service to Greater Minnesota on existing rail lines.

STEP III. Spread word!   Urge friends and family to join you in taking these 3 Steps to voice support for regional passenger rail for Minnesota!

Calls and emails are especially helpful before the end of March, 2020.

Thank you for your support!      For more information contact SuzieNakasian@mnrail.org