Our View: Rail should be big part of future PDF Print E-mail

Mankato Free Press April 14, 2009

Railroads are making more sense nowadays for freight and passengers.

Railroad projects have come to the forefront again as a nation looks for energy saving ways to move goods and people across the vast country that is the United States.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Congressman Tim Walz in a joint statement recently called for a complete study of the state’s rail transportation needs as the state applies for federal stimulus funds for worthy rail projects.

The governor is putting together an advisory group, including Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel and the Minnesota Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation Forum, to study all potential for future rail projects in the state. Some $8 billion of the federal stimulus bill is targeted to help build high speed rail lines and intercity rail lines throughout the country.

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