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.
A one-way weekday fare between Ramsey Station and Minneapolis is $3.50, KSTP reports. There will be twelve trips to and from the station each weekday during rush hours, as well as six trips on Saturdays and Sundays.
Next Friday, Northstar marks its third year of service after making its debut on Nov. 16, 2009.
Earlier this year, Northstar slashed fares by as much as 25 percent to persuade northwest suburban commuters to get on board.