Ridership grows but subsidies stay high on Northstar commuter line

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2013 - 9:40 AM

Lower fares bring more riders to the 40-mile northern commuter line, but taxpayers subsidize much of the cost.

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middleman711Dec. 16, 13 9:45 PM

Same old story. Whenever the Government subsidizes an industry or company, it leads to waste or graft or (more typically) both. Apparently it's only waste is this case, but who knows what was left out of the article... Too bad the government won't pick up the tab for 85% of my airline ticket costs...

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davehougDec. 16, 13 9:52 PM

With a bus link connecting St. Cloud to Big Lake would direct rail to St. Cloud bring enough to pay off the $150 Million to extend the line??? What is the cost of bus-only service???

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chasgoodniteDec. 16, 13 9:59 PM

Wow - I'm holding my breath and can't wait to read the wisdom and justifications surely to come in defense of this waste.

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mnavariceDec. 16, 13 9:59 PM

Northstar’s government subsidies remain among the highest in the nation, paying for roughly 83 percent of the commuter line’s cost. ---- Suuuurpriseeeee! Aint transit great? At least people get to ride their choo-choos and save lots of money.

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rogerbDec. 16, 1310:05 PM

Wifi on the train? How about on my bus?

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carbonbigfotDec. 16, 1310:18 PM

It sure must be nice to get an almost free ride into work, paid for by someone else.

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Seawaves AheadDec. 16, 1310:44 PM

This just shows there is a huge need to raise taxes in the 2014 Legislative session. Why should anyone pay a dime to ride mass transit when there are people who are not paying their fair share. The Governor & Democrat leaders need to raise the top income tax and the corporate tax rates to 18% in 2014 and 20% in 2015.

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hlakerDec. 16, 1310:46 PM

Enjoy the toy train, taxpayers. You're still paying 83% of the "freight".

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trice01Dec. 16, 1310:47 PM

“The younger generation now choose not to be auto owners,” said Tom Cruikshank, director of planning for the service. Sir, thou dost play us for fools.

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bwikDec. 16, 1310:53 PM

It is super unfortunate when the wrong people are empowered to personally botch these decisions. This line should never have been built. Any sane person could tell you that. Hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted. Ultimately, the line will stop running. And it should. For shame, because actual professional projects by competent people (LRT #1 and #2) are a huge boon to the area. Ask people who visit our state. Huge deal and we have to do these things right.

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