The proposed Northstar Corridor Rail Project will provide commuter rail service along a 40-mile corridor from downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake, Minnesota parallel to Trunk Highways 47 and 10. It will use existing railroad tracks owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) and include six stations: Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Fridley and Minneapolis. The rail line will have inter-modal connections to bus transit and to the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit (LRT) line. The Northstar connection to LRT consists of a four-block extension on the northwest end of the Hiawatha LRT to reach the downtown Minneapolis commuter rail station. With the exception of the downtown Minneapolis station, all of the stations will have park and ride facilities.
- Early 2007: FTA enters into Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA)
- Spring 2007: Construction beings
- 2009: Service opens
the request of the 1997 Minnesota Legislature, Mn/DOT initiated
the Twin Cities Metropolitan Commuter Rail Feasibility Study.
In January 1998, Phase I of the study identified the Northstar Corridor
as one of the six corridors with potential for success. In January
1999, Phase II recommended the Northstar Corridor as the priority
corridor. In the Commuter Rail System Plan, completed in
January 2000, the Northstar Corridor was identified as the Stage
1 Corridor in Tier 1 staging.
$307 million in year of expenditure. Funding sources
for the capital costs are proposed to be 50% Federal, 33% State,
and 17% Local (county).
Northstar operating and maintenance costs are estimated to be
$9.3 million per year in 2006 dollars. This would be covered through
fare box revenues, FTA Section 5307 Preventative Maintenance grants,
and operating subsidies. The operating subsidies are proposed to
be split between state and local sources.
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- Length: 40 miles
- Number of Stations: 6
- Est. Daily Ridership: 5,600 trips
- Daily Capacity: 10,000 riders
- Service Begins: 2009 - With Your Help!
- Estimated cost per ride: $4-$6
- Capital Cost: $307.3 million (FY 2008) (50% federal, 33% state, 17% local)
- Car Capacity: 150-162 seated (additional space for standing available)
- Amenities: Work tables, on-board restrooms, individual seating, power outlets.
- Top Speed: 79 mph
- Base Service: 5 trips to Minneapolis, 1 reverse trip weekday afternoons/mornings; 5 trips to Big Lake, 1 reverse trip weekday evenings; 3 round trips per weekend day; limited special event service
- Connections: Feeder buses to stations, Hiawatha LRT in downtown Mpls.
- Accessibility: Fully ADA Compliant
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