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This would be great! Rail to Duluth would promote tourism to both Duluth and the Cities. Far from being a 'boondoggle'...
I support this rail to Duluth as well! It is the future of transportation in Minnesota!
If high speed rail to Duluth was not a boondoggle then there would be no need for Government to build it, fund it, and run it. Private railroads would be jumping over each other to build it. Amtrack anyone?
This is the very definition of boondoggle. There is no need for passenger rail, high speed or otherwise, for a destination so close and is not a business destination.
LordHawHaw1.... I wonder if you were a supporter of the Twins and/or Vikings stadia(plural for stadium) because I said the same thing regarding private investors fighting to build it/them. The difference here is that the rail can serve everyone, not just corporations who buy the sports tickets and write it off on their taxes (called subsidy).
Professional sports teams add a dimension of community and big-city status that other cities lack like San Jose, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Columbus, Milwaukee, and Albuquerque are all larger than Minneapolis/St. Paul populations combined. I absolutely cannot find that a railway to a city of 80,000 benefits Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Simply Students support rail project because of one thing and one thing only. They think it will be FREE.
I am a huge supporter of mass transit, but feel that passenger rail to Duluth is a complete waste of our limited transit dollars. I'd much rather see the money spent on buses and light rail that get people to work and take cars off the road during peak hour travel. It would seem that I-35 has abundant capacity for carrying folks between Duluth and Minneapolis. I honestly cannot imagine there is enough demand for such a service, especially one that would have a negligible difference in travel time vs driving. Is the current Greyhound or Jefferson Lines bus to Duluth bursting at the seams? Somehow I doubt it.
Wrong, lordhawk. Mass transit is a government obligation. And what follows when you have good mass transit? Business and jobs.
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