DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack says he opposes funding for the proposed Northern Lights Express high-speed rail line between Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Cravaack says he doesn’t support spending money on a venture that can’t pay for itself. Instead, the freshman Republican says he would prefer to put the money into roads and bridges.

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The project would cost about $750 million. Backers say the federal government could pick up 80 percent of the tab.

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Cravaack’s predecessor, former DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar, championed the project that would connect the cities with trains that would travel at up to 110 mph and complete the one-way trip in about two hours.

The federal government recently awarded a $5 million grant for the project’s engineering studies.

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