Met Council to reconsider Northstar fares
The Metropolitan Council said Thursday that the proposed fares for the Northstar rail line are too low, the Pioneer Press reports.
The Met council canceled three public hearings on fairs and instead asked that more research be done.
The Star Tribune reports that the council wants fares to cover a higher portion of the operating fees for the line that will run approximately 40 miles from the northwest suburbs to downtown Minneapolis.
The proposed fees would have covered between 18 and 24 percent of the lines operating costs. Fares for other buses and railways in the Twin Cities cover about 35 percent of the operating cost, the Star Tribune reports.
Met Council Chairman Peter Bell told the Pioneer Press "We thought we should measure twice and cut once before we establish what the fares should be.â€? Once the hearings start, fares can not be raised.
University of Minnesota transit expert Frank Douma told the Pioneer Press that commuters would have to way the fare against a myriad of costs associated with driving, including gas, insurance and parking downtown.
He described the rail as â€œa pretty significant alternative that has never been there before.â€?