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High-speed rail plans meet opposition in southeast Minnesota

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Opposition is growing in rural southeastern Minnesota to proposals for a high-speed rail line connecting Minneapolis and Rochester.

Rochester civic leaders see high-speed rail as a way to draw thousands of new workers to the Mayo Clinic and other big employers.

But people living along the U.S. Highway 52 corridor see problems and costs with the Zip Rail project. Trains would speed along at more than 150 mph, cutting the roughly 90-minute ride from Rochester to the Twin Cities in half.

Private investors are also pushing a second option involving an elevated line.

Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1NJSdN3 ) reports a grass-roots group called Citizens Concerned about Rail Line opposes any form of high-speed rail along the corridor. Members are worried about potential loss of farm and taxable land.

Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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