ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A proposed high-speed rail line linking Rochester and the Twin Cities has gotten a boost.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Intercity Passenger Rail Forum is recommending that the city of Rochester get $2 million for design and pre-engineering work for the proposed rail corridor.

The group offered its recommendation Monday on how MnDOT should spend $26 million allocated by the state Legislature last year for high-speed rail.

Omsted County Commissioner Ken Brown tells the Post-Bulletin the recommendation “gets us off the starting line and into the game.”

The final decision on how the money gets parceled out is up to MnDOT.

Olmsted County initially had sought $3 million in funding, but agreed to compromise at $2 million.

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Comments (8)
  1. Darren says:

    Where is this money coming from. We used to have railroad service from Rochester to the Twin Cities and there are still railroad tracks that can be used for rail service, but why do we keep repeating history, that was the means of transportation 100 years ago, it has passed us. If someone thinks they can make money off of this then let a private company build a rail line and charge what they want instead of making us taxpayers who for the majority wouldn’t use it pay for it. WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY TO DO THIS NOW!!!! Amtrack is a failure, why do we need more government that can’t do anything right anyway to put up another railroad that won’t make money. Its a losing proposition all around.

  2. What says:

    But theres money to build stadiums for private businesses?

  3. Judy says:

    I agree with Darren! Sometimes the government spends money just to spend money. And it is our money! Let a private company try it. I love how Olmsted County wanted $3 million in funding, but agreed to take $2 million! Of course they did!

  4. MarkoT says:

    A private company will someday try it – but not until they have the backing in some way from the government.
    Funny aspect of private enterprise and capitalism is this – they still demand the government nipple to nurse on too. Just in different ways like TIF districts, infrastructure improvements, et al Same game but just hiding behind the label called Private. 😉

  5. BeatnDowninMN says:

    Just read it’ll cost $700,000 to get TCF ready for a single Viking game that maybe 50k will attend. That money does not come from Sir Ziggi so kiss off saying private biz is the end all. BS – capitalism is the end all that will end all

  6. Kevin says:

    The Somalians will have a fast way to visit each other! This is a wonderful “Diversity” idea!

  7. Dripable says:

    An all ’round great post.

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