Ramsey station will be ready for Northstar service Nov. 14

The train is right on time in Ramsey.

Crew finish up work on the Ramsey Northstar station and walkway in anticipation for Nov. 14 rail service to begin. The city will hold a Nov. 8 ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Photo by Tammy Sakry

Crew finish up work on the Ramsey Northstar station and walkway in anticipation for Nov. 14 rail service to begin. The city will hold a Nov. 8 ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Photo by Tammy Sakry

On Nov. 8, the city and its fellow funding partners for the Ramsey Northstar Commuter Rail station will celebrate the end of the station construction and the beginning of rail service in the city with a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting and a train ride to Elk River for invited guests.

Commuter rail service is expected to open Nov. 14, said City Administrator Kurt Ulrich.

These is a hallmark event for the city that will literally put Ramsey on the map, he said.

The rail station will be an outstanding feature for Ramsey to have and the service is something a lot of people have looked forward to for a long time, Ulrich said.

The $13.2 million project broke ground in March to build the station and walkway to the Ramsey Municipal Ramp.

“We are please to be bringing the station in on time and under budget,” said Tim Yantos, Anoka County Regional Rail Authority executive director.

While the station’s total cost is still being tallied, that won’t stop the celebration.

The PACT Charter School choir will be signing railroad-themed songs and the representatives from the city, Anoka County, the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) and Metropolitan Council to be speaking about the project.

When rail services starts Nov. 14, passengers will be paying $3.50, Ulrich said.

Commuters using the Ramsey Star Express will be able to ride the bus until Nov. 14 when the bus service will be discontinued, he said.

There will be some extended bus service as the B-52 route will be extended to Ramsey in December for weekday afternoons and evenings during times the rail does not run, Ulrich said.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

  • Matt Look

    It has been a pleasure working on this and getting it done. Ramsey was the only pre-planned transit oriented development, designed around a rail stop. Actual costs are coming in around 10 million. For 10 million, the City of Ramsey has 30 million new investment already started in the COR and another 50 million coming. So far things are moving in the development and I am excited to see new development dominoes starting to fall.

  • Tracy

    This train is the reason I will not be voting for Matt Look (above) next week. I’m a daily commuter from Ramsey. If I wanted to take the train, don’t you think I’d just drive to Anoka? I much prefer the bus, which is quieter, more comfortable and more reliable. So sad to not have it any more.
    Also, disappointed that the print version of this story was inaccurate regarding dates of bus discontinuation.

  • Corey

    This bike/train commuter will greatly appreciate the opening of the Ramsey staion. It will take several miles off my bike commute, and be much safer than biking the roads from Anoka to Ramsey!

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