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Garofalo plans opposition to high-speed rail line

Rep. Pat Garofalo, has announced plans to introduce legislation next session to block MnDOT from moving forward with a proposed high-speed “zip line” that would run between MSP International Airport and Rochester. The proposed line is expected to cost more than a billion dollars, and would likely run through the district Garofalo represents.

Garofalo pointed to a heated meeting that took place on July 31 in Kenyon, where hundreds of residents packed the Kenyon-Wanamingo High School gymnasium in overwhelming opposition to the project.

Garofalo said his legislation mirrors a similar law passed in 2002 that barred MnDOT from moving forward on the proposed Dan Patch line that would run from Minneapolis to Northfield, with stops in St. Louis Park, Edina, Bloomington, Savage, Burnsville and Lakeville. The 2002 law was authored by former state senators William Belanger from Bloomington and Roy Terwilliger from Edina in response to overwhelming local opposition.