The Winona area may benefit from future high speed trains coming through the area if a plan being pushed by the Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission and the Department of Transportation is funded.
County Planning and Emergency Services Director Jason Gilman told the Winona County Board a special committee addressing an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed 435-mile corridor between the Twin Cities and Chicago, is calling for the trains to stop in Winona.
Gilman also said the future goal of the high speed rail is to increase the number of 110-mile-per-hour trains between the Twin Cities and Chicago.
Gilman is part of MinnDOT's new Technical Advisory Committee working on the E-I-S. He said the scoping process for the E-I-S is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
The E-I-S itself is to be completed by the end of 2015.
The state's High Speed Rail Commission, chaired by St. Charles Mayor Bill Spitzer, is also backing the plan that calls for the trains to use the Amtrak rail corridor that passes through Winona.
Spitzer was re-elected commissioner's chair for 2014.....