With ridership numbers not living up to expectations, the Met Council said Wednesday that it's cutting fees on the NorthStar commuter rail line. Starting Aug. 1, the NorthStar -- which travels between the Twin Cities and Big Lake -- will charge $6 instead of $7 for weekday rush hour patrons. The reduced fee experiment will be evaluated in nine months.
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Met Council considers Northstar Commuter Rail fare reduction
Prices would drop by a dollar at most stations, except Fridley, where it would decrease by 25 cents. Council spokesman Bruce Howard told Minnesota Public Radio, "we believe there's a good number of people that we could attract to the system by putting Northstar on sale." The Metropolitan Council Transportation Committee will consider the proposal, the first price change in two-and-a-half years, on Monday.
Northstar cuts fares by as much as 25 percent
Carrying fewer passengers this year, Northstar commuter rail is slashing fares by as much as 25 percent in an attempt to attract new riders. The price reduction underscores the ongoing challenge the three-year-old line faces in persuading northwest suburban commuters to get on board.
Northstar rail, buses to give free rides to celebrate opening of new station
Northstar rail and Northstar Link bus services are celebrating the opening of the new $13 million rail station in Ramsey with free rides. The Ramsey Station opens Wednesday, and all stations will offer free rides Wednesday and Thursday.
New Northstar station ready to roll
Roughly 100 new daily round-trip riders are expected to use the Northstar Commuter Line when rail service at the new $13 million Ramsey Station starts next Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Star Tribune reports. However, some officials are concerned construction was too costly and it will only take riders from neighboring Elk River and Anoka stations. The newspaper notes the Ramsey Star Express bus line is being discontinued.
Met Council joins state's lawsuit against 3M
The council wants the manufacturer to pay for the cost of removing its chemicals used to make Scotchgard that was discharged into the Mississippi River. Met Council officials say the agency faces spending $1 billion in order to filter out the chemicals.
Met Council splits up Southwest Corridor light-rail contract
The Metropolitan Council has decided not to award a nearly $100 million contract to URS Corp. Instead, the Star Tribune reports the agency divided engineering work for the $1.25 billion Southwest Corridor light-rail line into four separate contracts. San Francisco-based URS will still be allowed to bid on the smaller contracts, despite its involvement with the Sabo pedestrian bridge and the Interstate 35W bridge before it collapsed in August 2007.
Met Council joins state's lawsuit against 3M
MPR reports the Metropolitan Council wants 3M to pay to clean up a chemical polluting the Mississippi River. The Met Council says it will have to invest $1 billion in carbon filtration to meet new regulations on PFCs in wastewater. The agency says paying for that would require a 40 percent rate increase on wastewater services in 105 cities throughout the metro.
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