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Rochester-Twin Cities Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan - Tier 1 EIS

Final Scoping Decision Document

The Scoping Decision Document describes the purpose of and need for the proposed action; the development and evaluation of corridor alternatives; the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts and discussion of the methodology that will be used to address each issue in the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); and responds to comments received during the public comment period between July 7, 2014 and August 22, 2014. The Scoping Decision Document has been prepared to meet state environmental requirements and to guide the preparation of the Tier 1 EIS in accordance with federal regulations.

The Zip Rail study area includes an approximately 100-mile corridor between Rochester and the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and is being examined for potential high-speed rail service. The study area includes Dakota, Dodge, Goodhue, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey and Rice counties and various termini, or end points, in the Twin Cities and Rochester area. There is no continuous existing railroad connection between the Twin Cities and Rochester. The project will evaluate the use of existing transportation corridors, however, some of the corridors to be evaluated have the potential to create new or "greenfield" transportation routes.

The Scoping Decision Document is available at It has been distributed to the EQB distribution list and available at the following locations in CD format:

  • Byron City Hall — 680 Byron Main Court NE, Byron
  • Cannon Falls Library — 306 West Mill Street, Cannon Falls
  • Dennison City Hall — 37622 Goodhue Avenue, Dennison
  • Dodge Center Public Library — 13 1st Avenue NW, Dodge Center
  • Dodge County, Planning and Zoning — 22 6th Street East, Dept. 123, Mantorville
  • Farmington Community Library — 508 Third Street, Farmington
  • Galaxie Library — 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley
  • Goodhue County Government Center — 509 West 5th Street, Red Wing
  • Hampton City Hall — 5265 238th Street E, Hampton
  • Hennepin County Government Center — 300 6th Street S, Minneapolis
  • Heritage Library — 20085 Heritage Dr., Lakeville
  • Inver Grove Heights City Hall — 8150 Barbara Avenue, Inver Grove Heights
  • Kasson Public Library — 16 1st Avenue NW, Kasson
  • Kenyon Public Library — 709 2nd Street, Kenyon
  • Metropolitan Council — 390 Robert Street N, St. Paul
  • Minneapolis Central Library — 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
  • Olmsted County, Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department — 2122 Campus Drive SE, Suite 100, Rochester
  • Olmsted County Government Center — 151 4th Street SE, Rochester
  • Oronoco City Hall — 115 2nd Street NW, Oronoco
  • Pleasant Hill Library — 1490 South Frontage Road, Hastings
  • Ramsey County Government Center — 15 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul
  • Randolph City Hall — 4365 292nd Street E, Randolph
  • Robert Trail Library — 14395 S Robert Trail, Rosemount
  • Rochester Public Library — 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester
  • Rosemount City Hall — 2875 145th Street W, Rosemount
  • Rice County Government Services Building — 320 3rd Street N.W., Faribault
  • St. Paul Central Library — 90 4th Street W, St. Paul
  • South St. Paul Library — 106 3rd Avenue N, South St. Paul
  • Van Horn Public Library — 115 3rd Street SE, Pine Island
  • Vermillion City Hall — 105 Main Street E, Vermillion
  • Wentworth Library — 199 E Wentworth Avenue, West St. Paul
  • Wescott Library — 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan
  • West Concord Public Library — 180 Main Street, West Concord
  • Zumbrota Public Library — 100 West Avenue, Zumbrota

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Posted 01.20.15

Final Scoping Decision Document Released

The Final Scoping Decision document has been released and is now available on the Information Center page of this website and at local government offices and libraries throughout the corridor.  The Scoping Decision Document has been prepared to meet state environmental requirements and to guide the preparation of the Tier 1 EIS in accordance with federal regulations.

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