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State Sen. James Metzen of South St. Paul, left, updates U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar on a transportation project Thursday before the congressman talked to legislative committees. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Oberstar expresses strong criticism of U.S. transportaion vision, seeks change

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ST. PAUL -- The U.S. needs to redevelop a transportation vision like that of 50 years ago, the House's top transportation authority says.

When the interstate highway system was developed in the 1950s, U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar said Thursday, Congress OK'd a 3 percent gasoline tax to fund a safer, faster system.

"They looked over the horizon and saw the future of America and said, 'This is the future of America,'" Oberstar told Minnesota legislative transportation committees.

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