Feds OK $70 milion for Northstar rail
The Northstar commuter rail to connect downtown Minneapolis and Big Lake appears on track to open later this year.
U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar says the federal Department of Transportation has awarded $70 million for the $317 million project.
Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, calls that "excellent news" and says it means "we are right on schedule to complete the Northstar Corridor."
The 40-mile line is expected to open in November.
The federal share of the project is 50 percent. Another $71 million is scheduled to be awarded by the federal government next year.