On July 7, 2014, the Scoping Booklet and Draft Scoping Decision Document was released thus opening the public comments period (www.goZip Rail.org). People living in the path of the proposed Zip Rail should read, research, submit comments before the public comment period closes on August 6, and attend the only "Scoping Open House" meeting in Goodhue County (July 31, 2014, 5-7 p.m., Kenyon-Wanamingo HS).
The proposed Rochester-Twin Cities Zip Rail is a non-stop, 180 mph, 300 passenger train with a 200-400' wide, sealed access, no at grade crossings corridor. No at grade crossings means unless they plan to cut off citizens' access to homes and neighbors, EVERY ROAD intersected must have an over or underpass. Will there be over passes created in the fields cut in half? Every document and briefing states this is a NON-STOP rail line. Throwing out the "possibility" of stops in communities is nothing more than a "come into my web said the spider to the fly" ploy.
Zip Rail planners are considering Hwy. 56 or Hwy. 52 (Page 17 at http://mn-goodhuecounty.civicplus.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/782?fileID=4115). The Hwy. 56 corridor (the old Hayfield to Rosemount line) includes Dodge Center, West Concord, Kenyon, Nerstrand, Dennison, Randolph, to Coates. The Hwy. 52 "greenfield" corridor follows Hwy. 52 along the east side of Pine Island, once north of PI crosses to the west of Hwy. 52, moving along a path one to two miles west of the highway through rural Zumbrota, Hader, Cannon Falls to Coates, AND requires all new right-of-way acquisitions.
Haven't heard anything about it? Not surprised. The real question is do we wait for the too late "invitation" to sell our land and homes or do we stand up for ourselves and inject ourselves into the process now? I choose the latter.