It's no longer all aboard among the local governments attempting to rev up support for a ‘high speed’ rail line from the Twin Cities to Duluth. The Anoka County Regional Rail Authority today voted 4-3 to get off the Northern Lights Express (NLX) and withdraw from the Minneapolis-Duluth/Superior Passenger Rail Alliance, effective in 90 days. “We have taken a look at the information and frankly, we are not willing to gamble with the taxpayers’ dollars on a passenger rail ...
From the looks of the slick taxpayer-funded website, you’d think it’s full speed ahead for the Northern Lights Express (NLX), the proposed passenger rail line from the Twin Cities to Duluth. As one of six passenger rail lines for Minnesota, an air of inevitability often seems to surround the controversial line estimated to cost between $650 million and one billion dollars. Yet the route to Duluth runs through Washington with a Congress at a crossroads and ready to derail such projects.
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