More people riding Northstar line in first 6 months of 2013

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Ridership for the Northstar Commuter Rail Line is up for the first six months of 2013 over the previous year.

The Associated Press reports that the increase is 15 percent. It had 384,183 riders during the first six months of this year compared with 333,780 the same time last year, according to the AP.

Northstar runs 41 miles between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis.

One factor, says the AP, is Metro Transit's permanent fare reduction - a buck less - started in May. Significant ridership increases at the Big Lake and Coon Rapids stations offset from the Anoka and Fridley stations.

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