Northstar Continues to Fail
By Andrew Richter
Failure, failure, failure;
New numbers show that Northstar Commuter Rail Line ridership is down and, after five years of operation, an important goal has not yet been met. Metro Transit numbers show ridership in 2014 was down 8 percent for weekday rides.
What? I thought everyone loved trains?
In 2008, Metro Transit had a goal of removing 5,000 cars from the road by encouraging commuting on Northstar. However, only about 2,500 commuters ride during the week, which is well below the goal set seven years ago.
Removing 5,000 cars? I thought this was about transportation options?
Taxpayers paid $315 million to build the Northstar system. Approximately $15 million each of the five years it’s been running for operations and maintenance. It has cost nearly $15 million per year during the five years it’s been running to operate and maintain. The Northstar Commuter Rail Line offers service between Big Lake and Target Field stations in downtown Minneapolis.
It has failed in every aspect. Let’s not create more problems, vote NO against Bottineau Light rail.