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

Public Meetings

Zip Rail Scoping Booklet available, public information meetings scheduled July 29, 30, 31

UPDATE: In response to public interest, the comment period on the Scoping Booklet/Draft Scoping Decision Document is being extended to August 22, 2014, an additional 16 days. 

 ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority, is preparing a Tier I Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate potential passenger rail alternatives for the Rochester - Twin Cities Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan (Zip Rail) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

As part of the Tier I EIS, a Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document have been prepared and are available for public review and comment. The documents describe the purpose and need for development of high-speed passenger rail service between Rochester and the Twin Cities and also provide information on alternatives that will be carried into the Tier 1 EIS. The Zip Rail study area includes an approximately 100-mile corridor between Rochester and the Twin Cities 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 end points in the Twin Cities and Rochester area. Presently, there is not a continuous existing railroad connection between the Twin Cities and Rochester, so many of the potential corridors would create new transportation routes.

The Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document are available for public review on the project website,, or by hard copy at local government offices and libraries throughout the corridor.

Public information meetings are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for July 29 in Rochester, July 30 in Inver Grove Heights and July 31 in Kenyon. A brief presentation is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at each of the meetings. The public meetings will provide interested parties, stakeholders, and members of the public an opportunity to review the documents, ask questions and provide comments

Zip Rail Public Information Meetings:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rochester Community and Technical College, Heintz Center Commons Area
1926 College View Road East, Rochester

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Inver Grove Community Center, Community Room 2

Thursday, July 31, 2014
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Kenyon-Wanamingo High School, Commons Area and Auditorium
400 6th Street, Kenyon

Comments on the Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document will be accepted through August 6, 2014, and may be submitted at one of the public meetings, via e-mail, voicemail, or U.S. mail:


Voicemail: 651-366-3195 

U.S. Mail:
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Passenger Rail Office
ATTN: Zip Rail
395 John Ireland Boulevard, MS 470
St. Paul, MN 55155

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter for the public meetings call 651-366-4720.*

To request other reasonable accommodations for the public meetings call 651-366-4718.*

Or email requests to*

*Please submit request at least seven days prior to the public meeting.

To request a document in an alternative format call 651-366-4718 or email your request to

Documents Available for Public Review

Copies of the Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document will be available for public review at the following locations:

  • 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

Upcoming Event

Posted 8/6/2014

Comment Period Extended

Comment Period Extended to August 22, 2014