Northstar, Northern Light Express contemplate next stops

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 4, 2012 - 9:58 AM

Extending Northstar and creating a rail line from Minneapolis to Duluth could change the landscape of the counties to the north of the Twin Cities.

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ksolutionsApr. 4, 12 9:48 AM

Paul apparently hasn't attended any Anoka county board meetings in the past two years. Hint, the old guard is no longer in power. No more crazy trains to nowhere. The Duluth Northern Lights train is dead. Yes dead. Quit trying to resurrect it from the dead unless you plan on running for county board.

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jaynedrakeApr. 4, 1212:06 PM

It just amazes me that anything gets done on transit in this state, with so much opposition from the Republican party. Please, Republicans, look at what the Republicans support in other states, including Utah. Those people in other states are not crazy. Concluding, we should vote in a small all-metro sales tax-.5? and quickly start trains(plural) to Duluth and St. Cloud. Then move ahead with the SW area line, and start a commuter line to Red Wing from St. Paul.

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jk3333Apr. 4, 12 3:36 PM

So if you can't find actual commuters to justify expenditures for a commuter line, make up imaginary transfer students. Sweet.

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copper88Apr. 4, 12 4:17 PM

The train haters are so angry today. Maybe it's because gas is almost $4 a gallon and it's starting to show how wrong they really are.

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garagewineApr. 4, 12 8:10 PM

The cabal behind the Northern Lights Express have yet to proffer a serious justification for why this project is even remotely necessary.

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doctorpepperApr. 6, 12 9:04 PM

Liberal discussion style when they've run out of facts: Call your opponent a "hater", in this case a "train hater". Then claim they're angry when there's no evidence of it. I guess all that stuff about incredibly high costs, low number of losers, and massive operating losses don't mean anything, it's all about the so-called "anger". How odd is that kind of arguing style?

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FrankLApr. 9, 12 1:31 PM

Yes, I'm sure that SCS is suffering because of a lack of a train. If students want to go there, they already can drive, car pool or take a bus.

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twincitizen1Apr. 9, 12 1:32 PM

I'm a huge supporter of public transit, including building more light rail, rapid busways, streetcars, etc. The Northern Lights Express is unnecessary and a colossal waste of time and money. I have studied transit planning extensively and I am baffled that this thing has gotten this far along in the planning process. It needs to stop. The number one priority right now should be funding The Interchange transit hub near Target Field so it is ready for Central Corridor trains in 2014. Secondly should be Southwest LRT. We should complete Northstar to St. Cloud by 2020. NLX needs to get the axe, the sooner the better.

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fwallenApr. 9, 12 5:47 PM

I'm a car guy, a Republican and despite the name calling am a supporter of mass transit. For the state to have a ucessful system and ridership that covers most of the cost we will needs several changes. 1. Light rail should collect money from every rider and the cost should have some relationship with the benefit. 2. We won't have true success until the system is fleshed out wit routes to appropriate locations. Duluth is a great city, but probably too costly.

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