Northstar Commuter Rail
Three days after some of the worst driving conditions in recent memory, plenty of people were still late to work, but the roads weren’t the culprit. The Northstar Commuter Rail line was once again delayed for commuters coming in from the northwest, with Monday morning delays of 60 to 90 minutes reported.
Officials in Elk River say the driver of the car involved in Tuesday’s collision with two Northstar Commuter Rail trains was cited for not stopping at the railroad crossing signal.
Two Northstar Commuter Rail line trains collided with a car Tuesday evening in the north metro, Metro Transit says.
An infant boy is unharmed after the car he was in was hit by a Northstar Commuter Rail line train in Elk River on Monday morning. According to Metro Transit officials, a car with a woman and infant inside sled onto train tracks at Proctor Avenue around 7 a.m. after the car came in to contact with another vehicle near the intersection. The woman was unable to move her car or retrieve her child, and exited before a northbound Northstar train hit the vehicle with the infant still inside.
Many riders who depend on the Northstar Commuter Rail are frustrated. In four of the past five weekdays, some routes have had delays of 20 minutes or more, causing many passengers to arrive late to work or school.
The Vikings broke ground on a new stadium this week. It’s a project so big, it muscled its way straight onto the list of largest public projects in state history. It’s bigger than the I-35W bridge construction, bigger than the St. Croix bridge crossing. And that’s just the start.
Minnesota is preparing to sell nearly $500 million in bonds to cover the state’s share of the Vikings stadium facility. It’s looking for financial institutions to buy the bonds for the stadium construction, which is scheduled to start in November. The $498 million in loans will cover the State’s and the Minneapolis’ share of stadium construction. The Vikings are putting up the rest of the $477 million for the project, which will total $975 million.
Those in the North Metro will be saving some extra cash starting next month. Trips on the Northstar Commuter Rail will be going down by $1 starting Aug. 1.
President Barack Obama appointed a board on Thursday to review a dispute between U.S. railroads and their unions.
The Northstar commuter rail serivce, which has been sidelined since Saturday, has finally resumed operations again.
New figures show the Northstar Commuter Rail isn’t getting nearly as many riders as expected, but overall more people are taking public transit as they head to and from work.
By the end of the year, Northstar’s ridership is expected to be 15 to 20 percent behind expectations and Metro Transit says it is partly to blame on high unemployment.
A rail worker was struck and killed by a Northstar Commuter Rail Line train in Coon Rapids this morning.