Northstar commuter rail hit ridership high in August

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  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 5:31 PM

The Northstar commuter rail line had its highest monthly ridership in August, with nearly 3,300 rides a day — a 24 percent increase over August 2012.

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rufflesSep. 14, 13 6:10 PM

Ridership up, so were in the black, Right?

supervon2Sep. 14, 13 6:10 PM

This means we're only contributing 15K/day? This sounds like a real bargain-unless you're a taxpayer.

arspartzSep. 14, 13 6:10 PM

How much money did those who DON'T ride the train have to chip in to provide this service? What does it come out to per rider?

bumswrapSep. 14, 13 6:37 PM

All of the naysayers whining and complaining fail to take into account all of the benefits of folks riding the rails. Getting from point A to point B is just one of them. Also consider that it reduces traffic on our roads, which in turn reduces congestion, reduces wear and tear, speeds up those who do drive, reduces the amount of exhaust spewed into the air in two ways: by getting their cars off the road and reducing the fuel burned by those still driving on the road. Reduced pollution means less sickness from it, like cancer. Just because you cannot look at, grasp and feel something doesn't mean it isn't there. Pollution, traffic congestion, wear and tear on our roads, costs all of us whether you are willing to admit it or not. Its not as simple as the previous posters would like to portray it.

movebak2mplsSep. 14, 13 7:12 PM

Were in the black on the price of highways, right?

charfieldSep. 14, 13 8:12 PM

To the anti-rail posters, I'd encourage you to visit cities without mass transit. They're a sprawling mess with clogged freeways. Of course, the naysayers never ask about the ROI on a freeway.

heckyousaySep. 14, 13 9:18 PM

How much money did those who DON'T drive on I-94 have to chip in to provide that freeway? What does it come out to per solitary driver?

dewarfSep. 14, 1310:13 PM

Happy to hear ridership is up. But a good reporter (and editor) would let the reader know a lot more facts, like: What was the projected ridership supposed to be (at this time) when the line was approved for construction? What was the initial cost of this line and who was responsible for the ridership projections? What is the break-even ridership level? If we're not yet at break-even, what is the cost to taxpayers per rider? What is the annual maintenance cost for this line? And what would be the cost to extend the line to St. Cloud? What ridership level would then be required to at least cover the construction and annual maintenance costs? PLEASE, a little reporting, PLEASE.

keithreitmanSep. 15, 13 1:57 PM

Happy to hear that ridership is up on this poorly planned asymmetrical rail line. This rail line was designed solely for sub-urban commuters to get in to Downtown Minneapolis in the morning and back home at the end of the work day and also to carry sub-urban sports fans to our subsidized pleasure palaces downtown. Current results are: Potential ridership down, job and development opportunities lost, per ride subsidies up. And, as reported, rail line hucksters are offering free tickets to the public NOW. But the article did not reference 'free trial tickets' to unemployed brothers and sisters in North Minneapolis.... "Fo'gitaboutum"!! No free tickets for a bottled up work force of reverse commuters from North Minneapolis to access potential clean light industrial jobs in the sub-urban hinterlands. No need for that... The reverse commute opportunity for a minority work force bottled up in the hood known as North Minneapolis was sacrificed and lost back when the proposed Rail Transit Station at Broadway Street Northeast and Central was hijacked away from that location. This asymmetrical and flawed plan, by design and intent, now excludes a mass of reverse commuters that would have been able to add to the user numbers by riding a bus across the Broadway Bridge from North Minneapolis to the, then hijacked, and now non-existent train station proposed at Broadway street Northeast and Central avenue to ride the train to clean light industrial jobs along the line all the way to Big Lake. Stop THIEF!!!!

garagewineSep. 16, 1310:41 AM

"Were in the black on the price of highways, right?"---Yes, once you subtract out the transfers that go to paying for building and operating lines like Northstar.


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