Riding the 6:51 out of Big Lake

  • Article by: KIM ODE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 7:47 PM

Commuting needn't be a soul-sucking experience. Sometimes, on the right set of tracks, there are even cookies.

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nelsonerinDec. 21, 12 3:26 PM

I'd like to see Northstar have a rolling bakery. Sell potato chips, cookies, cup cakes...stuff like that.

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useandabuseDec. 21, 12 4:08 PM

I'm glad that the millions of dollars that went into this rail has created a small group of friends. Sucks for the 100s of thousands of other people who dont work next to a light rail station and dont have this fancy luxury for the few.

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copper88Dec. 21, 12 4:32 PM

Useandabuse wrote: I'm glad that the millions of dollars that went into this rail has created a small group of friends. Sucks for the 100s of thousands of other people who dont work next to a light rail station and dont have this fancy luxury for the few. Maybe it's time for you to quit complaining and start raising a ruckus with your legislators about getting your own fancy, luxurious train. These things just don't build themselves.

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greg62Dec. 21, 12 5:28 PM

I live in Big Lake and have taken the North Star to the Twins game once. Cool toy, but an extremely expensive constant burden on taxpayers which we can't afford and it's one of the many reasons our economy is in such sad shape right now.

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aonealphaDec. 21, 12 5:44 PM

Wish these riders paid their fair share of the cost of these trains - they're living off the back of us tax payers who apparently aren't payng our fair share. I say keep your damn cookies and let me keep my money. Fair enough?

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TheTonyDec. 21, 12 5:49 PM

Useandabuse wrote: I'm glad that the millions of dollars that went into this rail has created a small group of friends. Sucks for the 100s of thousands of other people who dont work next to a light rail station and dont have this fancy luxury for the few. Correction #1 - Northstar is NOT light rail. It is commuter rail. Correction #2 - the rail was not built - it already existed and is shared with Northstar under a use agreement. Northstar had to purchase cars and hire employees to run it, but other than the stations (whose cost was shared with the cities who host them), they did not require "rail building". This isn't to say it's not as expensive, it costs significantly more to run than light rail, even with higher ticket costs. Granted, it serves a different purpose and has a much larger scope of service. I just wish folks would learn the distinction - they're not all "just trains".

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erikj3Dec. 21, 12 8:33 PM

We need more light rail in America.

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george13Dec. 21, 12 8:41 PM

It's not "my" money, aonealpha. It's our money.

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rube223Dec. 21, 12 8:55 PM

Rail station in Ramsey is crazy dumb with stops in Elk River and Anoka. Plus, that stop really screws up traffic at the Armstrong Blvd lights

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sydneybeanDec. 21, 1211:58 PM

YAYYY !! COOKIES !!! Well, useandabuse, we only collectively spent about $320 million for this train set, and it's ONLY operating at a $1 million/month deficit. So that's not too bad. Plus we have COOKIES !! I'm super excited to pay for the Central Corridor Line !

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