Twin Cities-Rochester high-speed rail comment periods open this week

Residents in southeastern Minnesota will have three opportunities this week to discuss a proposed high-speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Rochester.

Federal, state, and county officials are currently evaluating possible routes for a the proposed Zip Rail service's 100-mile corridor that spans seven counties.

Earlier this summer, officials released a broad scoping document that begins to outline the proposed route, alternate routes, and potential environmental concerns with the project.

Public information meetings to discuss the document are scheduled on Tuesday in Rochester, Wednesday in Inver Grove Heights and Thursday in Kenyon. The public comment period ends on August 6.

The proposed route is still years from becoming a reality and has not yet received any funding.

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