Eric x about 2 years ago

The Twin Cities needs to take advantage of railroad lines currently used by freight railroads for light rail and commuter rail iines. These railroad lines cover the Twin Cities area and the suburbs. The Metropolitan Council has to work with freight railroads and communities around these railroad corridors in order to establish a successful passenger rail network consisting of light rail, commuter rail, and high speed rail meeting at the Minneapolis Interchange Station (Target Field) and St. Paul Union Depot. One rail corridor that has really interested me is the Dan Patch Commuter Rail Line. This railroad corridor goes near my house and I've been a full supporter of this proposed rail line. Unfortunately this rail line has been put on a legislative ban since 2002 due to opposition from neightborhoods along the corridor, which means there can be no talk or further study. I think we need to lift this ban and work with the neighborhoods around the Dan Patch Line so that trains are safe running through these neighborhoods and the southern suburbs of Minneapolis are better served by public transportation. 

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Frank Smith about 2 years ago

I'm not sure using the existing freight network is the way to go. A huge reason Northstar is struggling is the very limited schedule, which is, to my understanding, a result of all the freight traffic along those tracks.

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Eric x about 2 years ago

I do agree that sharing these tracks with freight trains would be a problem but I'm sure a compromise could be worked out. For my specific expample the Dan Patch Line, there is only one or two freight trains per day so it wouldn't be hard to work out a schedule for passenger trains and freight trains on this corridor. 

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Xan Cassiel almost 2 years ago

The rails cannot be privately owned. That is the problem with Northstar (one of them). Sharing with freight also necessitates the massive locomotives that are way to big for pulling a few passenger cars.

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Jason Sundar almost 2 years ago

STOP wasting money on Commuter rail they are too expensive and serve too few people They depend on expensive P/R The subsidies ear about $20/riders. The suburban locationare too spread out.Using freight tracks are not viable which limit the schedules to attract riders .

A LRT to Northtown via UNVI AVE in the medium would have been a better had MET COUNCIL /MDOT  did some better planning instead of building more roads and expand highways They paved over the medium of Hwy 47 which have bben ideal

 NS  rail cost  1/3 of the Hiawatha with only 6 trips daily while LRT runs 4am to 1am daily  every 10mins plus owl trip 2am weekends.Anoka/CR /fridley/Col Hts, NE MPls would have  served with transit buses are too slow.

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Eric x almost 2 years ago

Most of the rail lines that would serve the suburbs (Edina, Lakeville, Inver Grove Heights, etc.), and eventually branch out of the suburbs to places like Glencoe, Hutchinson, Owatonna, etc. would be light rail type service, frequent and a fare similar to the Hiawath Line using light commuter trains similar to light rail trains. Plus it would probably save a lot of money over having light rail lines run on streets. Most of the rail infrastructure is already in place on these potential corridors. 

I'm sure once Northstar is finally extended to St. Cloud it will get more business. 

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Barry K almost 2 years ago

COMMUTER RAIL are not viable here too many people own cars and densities are too low Jobs/housings are disconnected  .Spend money on LRT stop building parking ramps and park/ride.

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Wxyz x over 1 year ago

No thank you.  Dan Patch has already been studied. StarTribune reported it would cost $441mil to build in 2010 dollars.  It would ruin too many neighborhoods and is not cost effective. Transit can be accomplished by other means.

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