by Tammy Sakry
Special to the Star News
The train is right on time in Ramsey.
On Nov. 8, the city and its fellow funding partners for the Ramsey Northstar Commuter Rail station will celebrate the end of the station construction and the beginning of rail service in the city with a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting and a train ride to Elk River for invited guests.
Commuter rail service is expected to open Nov. 14, said City Administrator Kurt Ulrich.
These is a hallmark event for the city that will literally put Ramsey on the map, he said.
The rail station will be an outstanding feature for Ramsey to have and the service is something a lot of people have looked forward to for a long time, Ulrich said.
The $13.2 million project broke ground in March to build the station and walkway to the Ramsey Municipal Ramp.
“We are pleased to be bringing the station in on time and under budget,” said Tim Yantos, Anoka County Regional Rail Authority executive director.
While the station’s total cost is still being tallied, that won’t stop the celebration.
The PACT Charter School choir will be singing railroad-themed songs and the representatives from the city, Anoka County, the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) and Metropolitan Council to be speaking about the project.
When rail services starts Nov. 14, passengers will be paying $3.50, Ulrich said.
Commuters using the Ramsey Star Express will be able to ride the bus until Nov. 14 when the bus service will be discontinued, he said.
There will be some extended bus service as the B-52 route will be extended to Ramsey in December for weekday afternoons and evenings during times the rail does not run, Ulrich said.