February 9, 2010

Will a Rochester freight rail project get stopped in its tracks?

By Kelley Luckstein

A proposed freight rail bypass project in the Rochester area is creating a stir at the Capitol.  At issue is an $8 million bonding request for pre-design of the Southern Rail Corridor project, which would carry freight traffic around Rochester, possibly on a 48.3-mile route south of the city from Dodge Center to the Eyota area.


 Project supporters — including the Olmsted County Regional Rail Authority and the Mayo Clinic — say the bypass would allow disruptive and potentially dangerous freight rail traffic to “safely and efficiently” chug around the city.



Finance & Commerce, by Brian Johnson, 2/9/2010

Tags: freight rail, Railroad, southern rail cooridor

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