Senate Bonding Bill includes funding for Hugo Short Line Railway

Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) is applauding the inclusion of the Hugo Short Line Railway in the bonding bill Republicans introduced this week. This $1.1 million project will help keep around more than 500 jobs in the region by fixing a railway that is nearing closure if it doesn’t get appropriate funds. Without repair, at least 10 area employers who use the line including Polar Plastics in Oakdale, would get cut off from rail service.

2016 Senate Bonding Bill

This bill makes significant investments in transportation, education and critical water and environmental infrastructure projects. In a year that shined the light on our state’s and nation’s aging water infrastructure, those projects feature prominently in Sen. Stumpf’s bill. Likewise, a quarter of the bill is dedicated to transportation projects including a transit access project along I-35 and several high profile rail safety projects.