ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota transportation officials are going on the record in support of a high-speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Chicago.
However, the statewide rail plan released Thursday didn’t try to straighten out the knotty politics of picking a route through southeastern Minnesota.
The plan does recommend that both Minneapolis and St. Paul have stops on the line, which is expected to cost more than $1 billion.
The state Legislature ordered up the plan last year, well before an infusion of $8 billion in federal stimulus money was earmarked for rail lines nationwide.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed the Twin Cities-Chicago route last spring.
The rail plan for the state also describes passenger rail service to St. Cloud, Moorhead, Mankato and Eau Claire, Wis.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com