Rochester,MN (KROC AM News ) -The government entities involved in a proposed high speed passenger train between Rochester and the Twin Cities are gearing up for the next step in the process.  

The entities - the Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority, state Transportation Department and the Federal Railroad Administration - have filed a notice of intent to prepare a Tiered Environmental Impact Statement for the project.The EIS is required because federal funding is expected to be sought to help pay for the project. It will address environmental and other issues.

MDOT earlier determined that the no-build alternative and eight end-point to end-point corridors will be evaluated in the first phase of the EIS.

The Zip Rail study area covers approximately a 100-mile corridor between Rochester and the Twin Cities, which includes Dakota, Dodge, Goodhue, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey and Rice counties, and various end points in the Twin Cities and Rochester.

For more information about the Zip Rail project, visit the project website at www.goziprail.org.

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