June 2, 2009
CONTACT: Barbara Hayden, Director
St. Louis County Planning and
227 W. First St., Suite 100
Duluth, MN 55802
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
St. Louis County Seeks Public Input on Passenger Rail Facility Plan
St. Louis County is set to begin a planning study in preparation for intercity passenger rail service between Duluth and Minneapolis. The study gets underway on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, with a public open house in the St. Louis County Union Depot Great Hall from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open house provides the community an opportunity to learn more about the planning study and provide input on important questions about accommodating passenger facilities at the Depot and capturing development potential in the surrounding area.
“The planned Northern Lights Express service offers a unique economic development opportunity for our whole region” said St. Louis County Commissioner and Chair of Northern Lights Express Steve Raukar. “The planning study will provide options for developing a vibrant passenger terminal at the St. Louis County Union Depot, and capture new development opportunities.”
The planning study consists of three components. A facility plan will provide design recommendations for creating a vibrant passenger terminal at the Depot. An area master plan will provide a guide for capturing new development opportunities presented by the new passenger rail service. An economic analysis will document current and potential future market conditions. It is expected to be completed by fall 2009.
The consultant team of Miller Dunwiddie Architecture will facilitate the open house and public input process. For more information, contact St. Louis County Planning and Development at 218-725-5000. Information is also available at www.duluthuniondepot.org.