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ALL ABOARD THE NORTHSTAR

Monday, November 16, 2009
To the Editor: After more than a decade of work, the Northstar Commuter Rail Line opened for area passengers this week. The 40 mile stretch of track runs from Big Lake to Downtown Minneapolis - giving local commuters an easy, hassle-free transit alternative. An estimated 3,400 commuters will ride Northstar daily (a number expected to rise to 4,100 by 2030). With stops in Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids, and Minneapolis, Northstar will make getting around easier in our communities. It will take cars off the road, and building the Rail Line was hundreds of millions of dollars cheaper than adding another lane on Highway 10. As long-time supporters of this important project, we want to thank everyone who played a role in making it happen - especially Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart. His hard work kept the project moving. And it was the coalitions that were built between state, federal, and local governments, as well as the active involvement of area citizens, that helped make Northstar a reality. The Northstar Commuter Rail Line is truly a testament to just how much we can accomplish as a community when we work together. As commuters board the train for the first time this week, we have much to celebrate. In the days and weeks ahead, we hope you will take the opportunity to climb aboard Northstar. And we hope you will consider making the train part of your regular commute. You can find out more about the Northstar Commuter Rail Line at www.northstartrain.org. Melissa Hortman State Representative District 47B Denise Dittrich State Representative District 47A Jerry Newton State Representative District 49B