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The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail)

The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor, or Zip Rail, is an approximately 100-mile corridor located between Rochester and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area (Twin Cities). The corridor includes Olmsted, Dodge, Goodhue, Rice, Dakota, Ramsey and Hennepin counties. The rail corridor is planned to connect Rochester with existing and/or proposed transportation facilities in Minneapolis/St. Paul and is consistent with an eventual high speed passenger rail regional connection between the Twin Cities and Chicago. Zip Rail offers a different type of service than commuter rail or existing rail service:

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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive)

Archive Phase


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Economic Development, Transportation

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:


Collaborators

Contact: TBD ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: North American High Speed Rail Group (NAHSR)

Known/Likely Collaborators: North American High Speed Rail Group (NAHSR)

Potential Collaborators:


Related Projects

DMC Mobility ; Rochester City Transit Development Plan

 

 

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Misc reports on: The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail)


June 26, 2016 The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail): if becoming more real then what?

"It's full steam ahead for a private rail company looking to build a high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities. North American High Speed Rail Group's Chief Manager Wendy Meadley said a preliminary study of the possible route has not turned up any major problems." A lot of speculation still at this point. If becoming more real, how does ZIP rail end points get connected to Rochester transit system and DMC transportation network.

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October 06, 2015 The Rochester - Twin Cities Rail Corridor (Zip Rail)

With no federal funding for high-speed rail on the horizon, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials are considering suspending work on Zip Rail once an environmental review is done.

"We recognize that without a reliable source of funding for the planning and construction of a high-speed rail line, the project really just is in kind of limbo," said MnDOT Chief of Staff Eric Davis.

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Key Beam Reports on:

Economic Development, Transportation  

January 14, 2021: 2021 - 2023 Community Health Improvement Plan

Coalition of Community Health Improvement (CHIP) releasing 2021-2023 health improvement plan. 

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January 01, 2021: 2020 Targeted Business, Workforce Participation Reports

2020-12-11 Report; 2020-11-02 October Report; 2020-09-30 September Report 

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November 20, 2020: DMC Transportation Plan - Circular

DMC EDA Webinar October, 2020 and DMCC Board Voted in favor of staff recommendations 2019

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November 19, 2020: Destination Medical Center (DMC) Plan 5 Year Update

November Newsletter, 5 Year Plan Update draft, webinars on land investments, DMC status and Covid impacts. Reminder to comment on 5 year plan update 

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April 25, 2020: COVID-19 Survey and Resource List

In the last month we have seen an influx of challenges and barriers affecting our API communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the challenges we are hearing from our communities is the closure of schools and the implementation of distance learning.

 As of this current school year, Asian American students make up 6.9% of students enrolled in Minnesota. In the last month, we have heard that language access, technology challenges, and financial burdens have presented barriers not only for students to be successful in the classroom, but also for parents who wish to be involved in their children’s education. This has led our communities to face unique barriers to full and equal participation in learning and instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 In response to this issue, the Council has created a community survey to identify ongoing barriers experienced by API families during distance learning. The purpose of this survey is to collect data collect to inform the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on areas for improvement and best practices with API students during the distance learning period.

 With this in mind, we ask for your participation in helping us to widely distribute this survey to community members to ensure that their voices are heard by MDE officials. The survey will be open for community response between Monday, April 27th – Friday, May 8th. 

 During this time of COVID-19, we understand that many organizations have limited capacity, and greatly appreciate any support you can provide in getting this survey out to families.  Our simple ask to you is your help in sending out the survey to community members using email and social media. If you can make this small commitment, please confirm by responding to this email. Once we receive your confirmation we will follow-up with language templates and guidance to send out the surveys. Thank you all and we all wish your loved ones well.

 Please if you have any questions you can contact me, or our Research Assistant Daniel Yang, at daniel.y.yang@state.mn.us.

 Sincerely,

 Anjuli Cameron 

 Anjuli Mishra Cameron, M.S. | Research Director

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans | 658 Cedar Street, Suite 160 | St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

(651) 757-1742 |  (507) 649-1157 | anjuli.cameron@state.mn.us |mn.gov/capm

 

 

 

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November 12, 2019: Destination Medical Center (DMC) 2020 and 2019 Workplans

November 12 DMCC Board Meeting and October 2019 DMCC Board Updates (Special DMCC Board Meeting), Funding Request Memo, 5 Year Capital Plan, 2020 DMC CIP Infrastructure Projects, DMCC 2020 Workplan and Budget Presentation to DMCC Board September 2019, Funding Section Presentation, Funding/Work plan Doc 

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October 01, 2019: DMC Discovery Square Design Process

September 2019 and May 2019 Presentations to DMCC Board.

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May 20, 2019: Heart of the City Peace Plaza Public Realm

6 things to know about Heart of the City plans. 

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February 08, 2019: Bloom Reconsiders Second Phases of Riverfront Project

"Bloom International Realty may be rethinking plans to build the second phase of its $230 million riverfront development in downtown Rochester.

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January 02, 2019: Rochester City Transit Development Plan References

Found the following links on Rochester City Website.  The City of Rochester is conducting four integrated transit studies to refine the concepts identified in the DMC Plan.

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Last modified by support on 2020/10/14
Created by allnode on 2015/05/05

 

 

 

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Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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