Cost of Ramsey Northstar station: $130,000 per new rider

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 9, 2012 - 6:10 AM

But supporters say it will boost ridership significantly.

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holstjNov. 8, 1211:21 PM

Ah, $130k, I may wait to buy a tickets until it drops below $100k

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metromanNov. 8, 1211:23 PM

Imagine that!!!

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endothermNov. 8, 1211:33 PM

If this thing is going to work long term, it needs to be extended to St. Cloud, which has a large number of commuters and people interested in traveling to the Cities for sporting events and other things. Having the line end in a small town really doesn't make sense.

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moron100Nov. 8, 1211:34 PM

We need to keep building these stations all over MN. They are needed for the couple hundred people that will use them. We can save the earth by making people in the burbs take them. Its good for everyone to use mass transit. build it they will come! peace.

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yomammyNov. 8, 1211:36 PM

Boondoggle.

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bumswrapNov. 8, 1211:44 PM

There should be a huge sign erected on the outside of this station calling it "Look's Folly." Why this article was held until after the election is a mystery to me.

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garagewineNov. 8, 1211:46 PM

$13 million to transfer a handful of riders from buses to the train? That's bad, even by Northstar's standards.

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dazel21Nov. 9, 1212:06 AM

Expect 20 more now the DFL is in charge,Boondoggle

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jrjorgensenNov. 9, 1212:46 AM

The conclusion drawn in the title of this article is misleading and inaccurate. On any given day, the station may only serve 100 unique riders, but over the course of several months, the total number of unique riders may be 5-10x that amount, which reflects those people who choose to ride the train only semi-regularly or for special events. Thus, the total number of people positively impacted by the station is much greater than the article indicates. The fact of the matter is that this station is a long-term investment for people of the northwestern suburbs. Sure, the ridership may not be substantial now, but in ten years, when we're inching along Hwy 10 in rush hour traffic because 50% more people commute from those suburbs, access to commuter rail will be important and necessary, and certainly worth the cost of this station.

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cottonrossNov. 9, 12 1:01 AM

Assuming you invested the $330 million construction cost and achieved a modest return...you could simply give each current NorthStar line rider about $21000 a year on the interest alone. As it stands, we're paying interest on the construction bonds, maintenance, salaries, and god knows what....but I bet the $10000 per day in ticket revenue doesn't come close to covering it.

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