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RELEASE: Rep. Jon Koznick to Introduce Bill to End the NorthStar Commuter Rail, Re-allocate Funds for Business Redevelopment in Rioted Corridors.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

St. Paul, MN—State Representative Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville, offered an amendment in the Transportation Finance and Policy Committee today that would end the NorthStar Commuter Rail line and direct operational savings from NorthStar into a redevelopment fund to aid businesses damaged from civil unrest last summer.

“Since the start of the pandemic, ridership on NorthStar has fallen by more than 80 percent,” said Rep. Koznick. “However, NorthStar has long been a boondoggle that has required taxpayers to throw good money after bad. As lawmakers and stewards of tax dollars, it is time to mothball this project once and for all and instead use these resources to help rebuild communities damaged from riots and civil unrest last summer.”

A copy of the amendment can be found here and the bill will be introduced shortly.