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Lawmakers meet on proposed commuter rail from Mpls. to Willmar

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Two state lawmakers are holding a meeting this afternoon in Wayzata on a proposed west metro commuter rail line. The proposed line would run from Minneapolis to west-central Minnesota.  

Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, and State Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, are hosting the meeting. Bonoff said a statewide rail plan names the proposed line as a corridor to study. She said she's already been working on ideas for commuter rail.  

"There's actually an existing rail line that goes from the new site of the Twins stadium all the way out to Willmar," she said. "It's a BNSF line that has freight going on it 9 times a day, but it would be a perfect [passenger] rail line."

Bonoff said the study later this year may help determine whether the plan is economically feasible.   

The 1 p.m. meeting at the Wayzata Depot is with members of the Metropolitan Council, as well as city and county officials along the proposed line.