Shørtstår: What if the Northstar were a local

Imagine you were in a region that was growing and had a transportation problem. Imagine you had a grade separated rail line into the heart of the city, connecting with other rail lines. Imagine this line already had two stations constructed. Imagine this line passed through some high density neighborhoods without stopping. Imagine you already […]

The Northstar of Broken Dreams

edited April 8 to distinguish revenue and subsidy Among the reasons put forth by Northstar advocates for its un-success to date is the un-construction of several potential stations. Ramsey Town Center is a well-documented boondoggle. The lack of a Coon Rapids-Foley Boulevard station, at the intersection of Northstar and Hwy 610 is more plausible as […]

Northstar rail line’s birthday wish: more riders

From the Pioneer PressNorthstar rail line’s birthday wish: more riders “As the Northstar Commuter Rail line nears its first birthday, ridership has fallen below expectations. A week after it was announced that plans to expand the rail line to St. Cloud have been shelved, officials released numbers showing ridership is about 5 percent below projections. […]

Man killed by Northstar commuter train

Strib: Man killed by Northstar commuter train Man killed by Northstar commuter train By BOB VON STERNBERG, Star Tribune Last Update: September 1, 2010 – 10:32 AM A railroad worker was killed in Anoka County early Wednesday morning when he was hit by a Northstar commuter train. It was the first fatality — and first […]

Cities along Northstar corridor wait for development

Cities along Northstar corridor wait for development by Ambar Espinoza, Minnesota Public Radio December 7, 2009 St. Cloud, Minn. — Minnesota’s first commuter rail line has been up and running for three weeks now, but it has yet to spur any development along the route of the train. The article implies Northstar has failed because […]