Northstar Commuter Rail Service Resumes

FRIDLEY, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The Northstar commuter rail service, which has been sidelined since Saturday, has finally resumed operations again.

The Northstar rail was able to transport commuters back home who took replacement buses Tuesday morning, after officials were forced to delay operations.

The Northstar commuter rail service was out of service because of damage caused by a weekend freight train derailment in Fridley, which took longer than expected to repair.

Still, customers could experience some delays, as freight train activity returns to normal levels on the track it shares with Northstar trains.

Regularly scheduled service is expected to resume Wednesday. The special Twins service will not run for Tuesday’s game. However, the Twins Northstar train is expected to be up and running for Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. game.

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  1. Mark Edwards says:

    I for one, appreceate their concern for all persons saftey. Thank You.

  2. mac says:

    ” . . . Buses are replacing trains . . . ”

    Northstar train service is a white-elephant money-pit which needs to be eliminated.

    A 2010 Freedom Foundation of Minnesota report based on Metro Transit statistics calculated that every $14 round trip ticket on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line costs taxpayers an additional $29.66 in subsidies.

    With fewer overall passengers expected to ride the rail service this year than budgeted for in 2010, Northstar’s operating budget was projected to decline slightly from $16.8 in 2010 to $16.5 million this year. Given that assumption, ticket sales are expected to cover just $2.64 million of Northstar’s operating costs.

    1. Troy D Teske says:

      Questions – was that supposed to be an average, or are the people at the so-called Freedom Foundation ignorant of varied ridership numbers? Do they not take into account the far larger number of people that pay partial fares because they got picked up farther South/got off earlier? What assumptions did the Foundation use to estimate ridership would be lower? Are you taking into account the fact that gas prices spiked, driving more people to mass transit, or are you not taking reality into account? Something smells fishy…

      1. ardent says:

        Teske smells fishy

  3. Tim says:

    This service is absolutely deplorable and despicable. I call forth the righteousness of God in this Nation to rise up across this land. I declare in The Name of The Most God, that the taxpayer subsidized trains in this Nation will become a reproach, a shame, and a byword, that all funding and financing of these services will dry up and that they will shut down permanently. Since when is such an egregious boondoggle ok? WAKE UP AMERICA! I Call Forth a Cleansing of the Justice system with the Election of new Justices who will uphold the deregulated righteousness of this Nation and the no tax Principles of our Founding Fathers as written in The Constitution of The United States of America, The Declaration of Independence and The Bill of Rights, and for Conservatism to triumph over Liberalism in this land from State to State, North to South, and East to West. WAKE UP AMERICA! ENOUGH is ENOUGH!

    1. Brian says:

      You. Are. Insane.

      1. Mike Hawk says:

        He seems totally sane to me. Honestly, don’t you feel the same? If not maybe you’re the one who’s not sane.

  4. Ordinary Guy says:

    Is the population of the Minnesota metro area going to grow or decline? Can you afford new freeways all around when the population is doubled? Do you expect that to be a long time, compared to construction times? How about when fuel prices park your single-occupant car? It’ll be to late to plan for it then. Us folks who grew up here are likely to see things that are very different. Try to make them better.

  5. dan says:

    Every day this bad idea sits in the station saves MN taxpayer $$

  6. Del says:

    How much does it cost working taxpayers to subsidize this “service” annually?

  7. Ordinary Guy says:

    For the use of existing rails for 6 hours a day (three per rush hour), that would leave 18 hours for freight traffic. Except for the yards, I don’t think there’s a mile of track that’s used an hour a day right now. Park in 95 degree traffic today and think of how nice it would be to sail right by without paying a dime for pouring more concrete pavement. But a half-baked rail line that doesn’t go anywhere you want to go easily or cheaply can’t be anything except a money pit. Maybe they just don’t ask for consumer input first? Housing “was” hot up to Big Lake before the collapse. Will it come back to justify the gamble? Not without putting Minnesotans to work and paying in.

  8. red says:

    Has the Freedom Foundation of Mn. put out the statistics for how much a person [meaning you] are subsidized when you drive you automobile down the highway of despair? Each and every vehicle that uses the public roads of this and every other Sate in the U.S. do not pay their fair share of road use. North Star is just another option of transportation. If you don’t like it, don’t ride it. If you can figure out how to make everyone pay there fair share for going someplace please feel free to run for State office and pass the bills needed to get the job done. In other words put up or shut up if you have no solution for the problem.

    1. white says:

      stick to your bicycle, red. you are dangerous on a keyboard.

  9. red says:

    Has the Freedom Foundation of Mn. put out the statistics for how much a person [meaning you] are subsidized when you drive your automobile down the highway of despair? Each and every vehicle that uses the public roads of this and every other Sate in the U.S. do not pay their fair share of road use. North Star is just another option of transportation. If you don’t like it, don’t ride it. If you can figure out how to make everyone pay there fair share for going someplace please feel free to run for State office and pass the bills needed to get the job done. In other words put up or shut up if you have no solution for the problem.

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