MnDOT Suspends Zip Rail Planning

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has suspended planning work on a proposed high-speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Rochester, Minnesota.

MinnesotaThe action was taken in advance of an expected vote by the Olmsted County Regional Railroad Authority to suspend the project.

Known as Zip Rail, it would have been built by a private company, North American High Speed Rail Group.

A recent study of the proposed Zip Rail determined eight options, all of which would have required a high level of public funding.

MnDOT said it has issued permits for the builder to conduct a feasibility study of a high-speed rail line in southeastern Minnesota.

The Zip Rail project was projected to create more than 11,000 new jobs and add more than $1.6 billion per year in increased economic benefits.

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