January 29, 2010

Lawmakers tough on proposed rail bypass around Rochester

By Kelley Luckstein

A bill backed by Olmsted County and Mayo Clinic seeking $8 million in planning dollars for a freight railroad bypass of Rochester got a rocky reception from lawmakers on Thursday. Opponents blasted the proposal during a House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee hearing. That included Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston


Mayo Clinic Dr. Glenn Forbes told lawmakers the project is of statewide importance because of its potential impact on Mayo Clinic. He said the clinic's economic impact is $9 billion in the state. He warned that not having a freight bypass could cause the clinic serious harm.


Post-Bulletin, by Heather Carlson, 1/28/10


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