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State approves funding for Northstar commuter rail


The Minnesota legislature recently approved a capital investment bill that provides $37.5 million in low-interest bonding for the Northstar Corridor commuter-rail project.

The funding commitment will enable the Northstar Corridor Development Authority to apply for New Starts funding from the Federal Transit Administration and begin final design.

The Northstar Corridor’s 40-mile first phase would run along highways 10 and 47 between Minneapolis and Big Lake. Under a proposed second phase, the line would extend from Big Lake to St. Cloud.

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