House approves Greely extension resolution

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- A resolution supporting a 70-mile rail extension to Fort Greely passed the House on Friday.

House Concurrent Resolution 2 requests Gov. Frank Murkowski to encourage the Alaska Railroad to construct the rail link to Elmendorf Air Force Base.

Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, said the rail link would aid in supplying a proposed missile defense system at Fort Greely and in any future proposals to extend the railroad to Canada. The measure passed 36-1.

Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, voted against the measure. Gara said the rail link could cost up to $560 million and the state should seek more federal funds. It should also not be built unless studies prove it would produce more revenues than the cost of construction, Gara said.

The nonbinding resolution now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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