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

Zip Rail project seeks Community Advisory Committee members

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Area residents, employers, travelers and others interested in the proposed high-speed passenger rail connection between Rochester and the Twin Cities are invited to apply for membership on the Zip Rail Corridor Community Advisory Committee. The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 27.

The 25-member advisory committee will provide feedback on the Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement as part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority and the Federal Railroad Administration’s continuing evaluation of the proposed project.

The CAC does not have direct decision-making authority, but will offer community insight for MnDOT and the Zip Rail Technical Advisory Committee. Representative individuals from the following areas are encouraged to apply to be part of the CAC:
  • Residents (homeowners, renters)
  • Businesses operating on the corridor (a range of size and business type)
  • Major employers
  • Institutions and Schools
  • Travelers in the Zip Rail Corridor (existing highway users, and commuters)
  • Environmental Interests

CAC member requirements and applications can be found at

All applications must be submitted by mail, fax or email by Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 to:

Peter Dahlberg
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 470
St. Paul, MN 55155
Fax: 651-366-3721
Phone: 651-366-3195

Further information about the Zip Rail project can be found at
Selected applicants will be notified in April 2015.

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