Northstar commuter rail line

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The route Northstar commuter rail has travelled seems all uphill. The commuter line — defined as “heavy” rail in transit lingo as regular railroad tracks are used — came to more stops at the Legislature than it makes along its 40-mile route between Big Lake and Minneapolis. Northstar ranks [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing writer Many officials with the Northstar Corridor Development Authority (NCDA) and other supporters of commuter rail may want Northstar’s Phase II built out to extend the service to St. Cloud. But the trains would need to draw about an 80 percent increase in daily ridership for the federal government to assist [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing writer Funding for potential expansion of the Northstar rail line will be up for discussion Feb. 2 when representatives of four counties plus Minneapolis, St. Cloud and several other cities between them gather for an annual meeting at the Sherburne County Government Center in Elk River. The Northstar Corridor Development Authority [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing writer The Sherburne County Board voted unanimously Dec. 13 to certify the county’s property tax levy and a regional rail special levy for 2012. Next year’s property tax levy will be assessed at a slight decrease (less than 0.1 percent difference) from 2011’s levy, for a total of about $41.84 million. [...]

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