All area property owners need to attend the Zip Rail meeting Thursday, July 31, 2014, 5-7 p.m., at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School. This may be your only opportunity to express your feelings and concerns about this project.
The name is misleading, this zip rail is not a "harmless" recreational device strung between trees. The zip rail proposal is to build a "bullet train" though the heart of Goodhue County.
As planned zip rail could appropriate more than 1000 acres of privately owned county land. So much land is needed because a bullet train will require fencing off an exclusion zone, a no man's land 200 hundred to 400 feet across. While bringing the people of the Twin Cities and Rochester closer together, this train will divide the farms, and the townships of Goodhue County. We will become more isolated - possibly separated from our current fire, ambulance and law enforcement services by this exclusion zone. County and township snow plows will have to go around, resulting in delays and increased expenses.
All this is being done to cut forty minutes off the travel from Rochester to the Twin Cities. No one in between will benefit. It would make so much more sense to spend the money to improve Highway 52, shortening drive times or all commuters. But, just maybe, doing the road improvements first might prove how unnecessary this "pet" project is?