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(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), the council must not spend or use any money for any costs related to studying the feasibility of, planning for, designing, engineering, acquiring property or constructing facilities for or related to, or development or operation of intercity or interregional passenger rail facilities or operations between the city of Rochester or locations in its metropolitan area and any location in the metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2.

(b) The restrictions under this section do not apply to:

(1) funds the council obtains from contributions, grants, or other voluntary payments made by nongovernmental entities from private sources; or

(2) expenditures made after enactment of a law that explicitly adds the intercity or interregional passenger rail project for which the expenditures are made to the statewide freight and passenger rail plan under section 174.03, subdivision 1b.