Ramsey expected to get Northstar commuter rail line station

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 15, 2011 - 11:39 PM

Meeting today will take up last funding piece for station.

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stoneageNov. 16, 1112:32 AM

(cough) Saint Cloud (cough)

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dorsanoNov. 16, 11 1:04 AM

That's good news

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mcjoe1Nov. 16, 11 1:44 AM

Can't wait for the southwest corridor line to be completed. Now if they can just make sure all new stadiums get built at the end of the line.

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tooty123Nov. 16, 11 3:15 AM

Can't wait for it to go all the way to St. Cloud. It only makes sense for the commuters from St.Cloud.

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metaltesterNov. 16, 11 6:25 AM

how can it possible cost 13.2 mil for a train stop? the parking ramp is already there...13.2million for a place for people to stand and get on the train? Seems like way too much...

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bucky928Nov. 16, 11 6:52 AM

Why didn't they build one there to begin with? I am still puzzling this one out--they build one waht--2 miles from Mpls in Fridley, when one in Ramsey would probably have had more riders? Pffft...where do we get the planners for these things?

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taftjNov. 16, 11 7:30 AM

what's the first thing you do when you find yourself in a hole? STOP DIGGING - apparently they haven't figured that out yet. don't get me wrong, I'm not a light rail basher - I firmly support light rail inside the 494/694 loop. Why? BECAUSE PEOPLE USE IT. That being said, we are simply not a large enough metropolis to support a commuter line from the outskirts of our cities.

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brianjapanNov. 16, 11 7:39 AM

I THOUGHT THE STATE WAS BROKE? OR IS THIS MONEY FROM THE BROKE FEDS?

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mn2niceNov. 16, 11 8:21 AM

Congrats to the city of Ramsey. Now, maybe the State will find a good enough reason to complete this line to St. Cloud, where it should have been built to go to in the first place. It absolutely amazes me the piecemeal approach this state, and this country, for that mattter, takes with regard to improving its transportation networks. The benefits to be realized from rapidly expanding our passenger rail network in this country are many; just ask the French, Germans, Dutch, Brits, Italians, Spanish, Swedes, Danish, Russians, Ukranians, Japanese, Australians, and on and on. We are the laughing stock of the world when it comes to public transportation. The evidence is overwhelming that building new and expanding upon existing rail infrastructure adds value to the communities it serves, provides an efficient, less expensive method of travel than air for distances under 500 miles, and is very competitive in the 500 to 1500 mile range. It is quicker, greener, faster and generates economic development in the cities and corridors it serves. Northstar should be the initial investment we make in commuter rail; not the only one.

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iplawguyNov. 16, 11 8:24 AM

The ridership on Northstar is nowhere near what they expected. Maybe the Ramsey station will add a few more riders along the way. What puzzles me is the most glaring omission in the Northstar scheme: Foley Ave P&R in Coon Rapids. It's a major transit hub and the rail line goes right by that ramp. And now they want to build commuter lines to Duluth and LaCrosse? I just don't get the sheer cluelessness of these transit planners.

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