High speed rail for Minnesota came one step closer to reality on Saturday as the Minnesota House passed the Transportation Finance Bill.
Several Republicans tried to amend the bill, including Representative Mary Liz Holberg of Lakeville. At one point she observed she only saw about four people riding the bus in her area. The 2008 Minnesota Transit Valley Authority ridership was 2,638,883. Far in excess of four people per bus.
Rep Holberg then attacked the high speed rail provisions of the bill, arguing that it gave the Department of Transportation Commissioner “God” powers in determining where the rail line would go and local governments would not have a say.
DFLers pointed out the bill had multiple public hearings built into the process.