Cities along Northstar corridor wait for development
Cities along Northstar corridor wait for development by Ambar Espinoza, Minnesota Public Radio December 7, 2009
St. Cloud, Minn. -- Minnesota's first commuter rail line has been up and running for three weeks now, but it has yet to spur any development along the route of the train.
The article implies Northstar has failed because there is no development after 3 weeks. That is unreasonable. The better argument is that Northstar has been in the works (planning plus construction) for some 5 years, and no development has occurred yet. Certainly once construction started, it could be seen as a government commitment.
I suspect there will eventually be some development, but exurban development does not justify the enormous subsidy.