Elections have consequences. In 2010, Congressman Jim Oberstar (DFL-MN08) was the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and had proven time after time an ability to bring money home to Minnesota for infrastructure projects. In 2007, just days after it’s collapse he delivered $250 million to rebuild the I-35W bridge.
That year Oberstar lost to Chip Cravaack (R-MN08) and Scott Walker (R-WI) was elected to his first term as Governor. Shortly after his inauguration, Walker voiced his opposition to a high-speed rail line from Washington DC to Minnesota effectively killing the idea.
Now with Walker gone and a shift in focus of a divided Congress to infrastructure maybe this idea could be revived and if it is it should be named after Oberstar.
If our state had another means to travel eastward it is assured we will have low airfare rates and it would be a strong incentive for people to move to our state just as we have seen a benefit to growth along the light rail corridor in Minneapolis and St Paul.