Republicans urge 25-cent fare increase for metro buses, rail

Supporters say higher gas prices justify higher fares, but the Metropolitan Council argues the move would violate a deal that Gov. Dayton and Republican legislators reached to help end the historic state shutdown.
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Supporters say higher gas prices justify higher fares, but the Metropolitan Council argues the move would violate a deal that Gov. Dayton and Republican legislators reached to help end the historic state shutdown.

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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.

Downtown buses to replace light rail this weekend

On the busy Pride weekend in Loring Park, the Hiawatha light-rail line will be closed in downtown Minneapolis and replaced with buses. From 6:30 p.m. Friday until 3:30 a.m. Monday, Route 55 buses will run in place of the trains between the Target Field and Franklin Avenue stations because of maintenance, Metro Transit announced.