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Minnesota officials consider high speed rail

Published 10:01am Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ROCHESTER — Minnesota officials are holding public meetings on a proposed high-speed train linking Rochester to the Twin Cities.

Transportation planners from state and federal departments are evaluating possibilities for the Zip Rail passenger train. It would travel at up to 220 miles per hour and connect the cities along either an eastern or western highway route.

Officials in Dakota County expressed concern to planners at a meeting Tuesday. They say rail riders would only commute between major cities. County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord said the rail would make the county a “flyover area” if a stop isn’t built there.

There isn’t a cost estimate for the project yet. Meetings are planned in Inver Grove Heights today and Kenyon on Thursday.