County to leave rail commission

The Washington County Board of Commissioners, sitting as the Washington Regional Rail Authority Sept. 25, voted to end membership in the Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission (MHSRC).

The MHSRC was formed in 2009 to advocate for high-speed rail from St. Paul to Chicago along the “River Route” in Minnesota. Membership includes the regional rail authorities in Washington, Dakota, Ramsey, Goodhue, Winona, and Wabasha counties, as well as 11 cities. The Washington County cities of Cottage Grove, Hastings, and St. Paul Park are members. Washington County joined the commission in 2009. The joint powers agreement requires 90 days written notice to withdraw; the board’s action will allow the county to cease participation by the end of 2012.