Proposed Passenger Train 'On Track'

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Feb 20, 2008 at 11:34 PM CDT

The proposed passenger rail line between Minneapolis and Duluth took a few steps forward today.

Representatives from counties along the rail met in Hinckley today.

Ken Buehler, the director of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in the Depot attended the meeting today and told the NewsCenter that if the train makes a stop at Grand Casino in Hinckley, the amount of passengers and revenue would significantly increase.

Buehler says stopping at the casino would bring the operational surplus level up from two-million dollars a year to a whopping 12-million.

The Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Alliance was also officially formed today, Saint Louis County Commissioner Steve Raukar was elected chair.

Raukar told the NewsCenter today that the train would create many jobs along the way, make millions in private dollars, and that the support of the public is a priority as well as leverage dollars from the bonding bill.
Rauker says if all goes as planned, the train will be up and running by 2012.