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November 19, 2013

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March 28, 2012

Groundbreaking on Ramsey Northstar Station Starts Construction

Haigh Ruby Erhart Turok Arens Biggs Strommen Backus Ramsey Look Wise Elvig McGlone 3-27-12

Construction started on Ramsey Northstar Station with a ceremonial groundbreaking event March 27 at the site near Ramsey City Hall, 7550 Sunwood Dr., NW, Ramsey.

Dignitaries who had waited ten years for this moment eagerly threw dirt with gold shovels. The PACT Charter High School Choir sang the national anthem and an African song, Mohlang, about a traveling train.

The construction schedule calls for completion and service startup around Nov. 16, 2012, the third anniversary of opening day for Minnesota’s first commuter rail line.

Timing on construction is creating significant cost savings, according to Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look, chair of the Anoka County Regional Rail Authority.

“Taxpayers are realizing significant savings because we’re able to move ahead in the current marketplace,” Commissioner Look said. “The winning construction bid came in nearly $600,000 under the estimated price.”

Sheehy Construction provided the most competitive offer out of eight companies. They submitted a bid of $6,583,300 to construct the station platform, the pedestrian bridge over the BNSF Railway tracks and the skyway connection to the municipal parking ramp.

Construction is being paid for with a combination of funds from the City of Ramsey, Anoka County, the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the State of Minnesota, and the Met Council. 

Follow construction progress on Twitter @NorthstarRamsey.


Full Speed Ahead in The COR

The construction of the Ramsey Station brings new development opportunities to the City of Ramsey, according to Mayor Bob Ramsey. For example, the Residence at the COR, a 230 unit market rate apartment project, is getting under construction in April. 

“The Residence at the COR will provide new housing opportunities in the city and build ridership for Northstar,” Mayor Ramsey said.  “We are optimistic about the impact the Ramsey Station will have on our community by providing new transit services to our residents and opening the door for additional development.”

The new Ramsey Station is expected to average 200 rides per weekday, adding 51,000 weekday rides per year to the commuter rail system. Most of those rides will be people commuting to work on the train instead of in their cars on the congested highways in the Northstar Corridor, which runs between Minneapolis and St. Cloud.

The Ramsey Station will join six others on the line, Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Fridley, and Target Field in Minneapolis. Service is confined primarily to rush hours Monday-Friday, with limited trips on weekends and for special events, like all Twins home games. For more information on current train service, go to www.metrotransit.org/northstar or call 612-373-3333.

Until the train stops in Ramsey, bus service is available at the station during rush hours, Monday through Friday with the Ramsey Star Express, and midday on Fridays with the Northstar Link Commuter Bus. Information on buses, and Northstar Ramsey Station fares and schedules when available, can be found on Facebook/Northstar Corridor, and on the city Web site, www.cityoframsey.com

March 20, 2012

Groundbreaking on Ramsey Northstar Station set for March 27

Construction will start on Ramsey Northstar Station with a ceremonial groundbreaking event Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3 to 4 p.m., at the site near Ramsey City Hall, 7550 Sunwood Dr., NW, Ramsey. Anoka County Regional Rail Authority Chair Matt Look and City of Ramsey Mayor Bob Ramsey will be joined by other local public officials and business people to throw the first shovels of dirt. The PACT Charter High School Choir will sing the national anthem and an African song, Mohlang, about a traveling train.  A small reception will be held inside city hall.

The construction schedule calls for completion and service startup around Nov. 16, 2012, the third anniversary of opening day for Minnesota’s first commuter rail line.

Timing on construction is creating significant cost savings, according to Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look, chair of the Anoka County Regional Rail Authority.

“Taxpayers are realizing significant savings because we’re able to move ahead in the current marketplace,” Commissioner Look said. “The winning construction bid came in nearly $600,000 under the estimated price.”

Sheehy Construction provided the most competitive offer out of eight companies. They submitted a bid of $6,583,300 to construct the station platform, the pedestrian bridge over the BNSF Railway tracks and the skyway connection to the municipal parking ramp.

Construction is being paid for with a combination of funds from the City of Ramsey, Anoka County, the Counties Transit Improvement Board, and the State of Minnesota through the Met Council.

Full Speed Ahead in The COR

The construction of the Ramsey Station brings new development opportunities to the City of Ramsey, according to Mayor Bob Ramsey. For example, the Residence at the COR, a 230 unit market rate apartment project, is getting under construction in April. 

“The Residence at the COR will provide new housing opportunities in the city and build ridership for Northstar,” Mayor Ramsey said.  “We are optimistic about the impact the Ramsey Station will have on our community by providing new transit services to our residents and opening the door for additional development.”

Until the train stops in Ramsey, bus service is available at the station during rush hours and midday on Fridays. Information on buses, and Northstar Ramsey Station fares and schedules when available, can be found on Facebook/Northstar Corridor, and on the city Web site, www.ci.ramsey.mn.us.

 

July 18, 2011

July 18--Northstar Rail, Link Bus Services Resume Tuesday

See the details of service resuming at Metro Transit's Web site, http://metrotransit.org/TransitArticles/Story.aspx?pageid=18&mid=393&articleid=485

Northstar Link Commuter Bus resumes Tuesday, too. Partial service at Fridley is expected.

November 09, 2009

Fridley Station Elevators, Mechanical and Electrical Pass Inspections

As construction activities are near completion, this will be the final construction update.

Northstar Commuter Rail Grand Opening Events
Join us for the Northstar Commuter Rail Grand Opening on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Regular commuter service begins on the following Monday, Nov. 16. The public is invited to the Nov. 14 events at each Northstar station from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.

Continue reading "Fridley Station Elevators, Mechanical and Electrical Pass Inspections " >>

October 30, 2009

61st Way Milling and Overlay Scheduled Near Fridley Station

Northstar Commuter Rail Grand Opening Events
Northstar Commuter Rail will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, with regular commuter service beginning on the following Monday, Nov. 16. The public is invited to the Nov. 14 events at each Northstar station from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.

Continue reading "61st Way Milling and Overlay Scheduled Near Fridley Station " >>

October 26, 2009

Fridley Station Handrail Installation Continues

Northstar Commuter Rail Grand Opening Events
Northstar Commuter Rail will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, with regular commuter service beginning on the following Monday, Nov. 16. The public is invited to the Nov. 14 events at each Northstar station from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.

Continue reading "Fridley Station Handrail Installation Continues " >>

October 16, 2009

Glass Installation Completed on Fridley Station Shelters and Entrances

Northstar Commuter Rail Grand Opening Events
Northstar Commuter Rail will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, with regular commuter service beginning on the following Monday, Nov. 16. The public is invited to the Nov. 14 events at each Northstar station from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.

The random drawing for free grand opening train rides will take place the week of October 12; winners will be notified by mail. A limited number of train tickets will also be available on Nov. 14 at the Fridley, Coon Rapids-Riverdale, Anoka, Elk River and Big Lake stations. No rides will be provided in downtown Minneapolis that day. However, people may tour a Northstar train at the Target Field Station and receive a free Metro Transit ride coupon good for travel on Northstar at a later specified date.

For more information about Northstar Commuter Rail, operated by Metro Transit, and the grand opening events go to www.metrotransit.org/northstar. To learn about Northstar Link Commuter Coach service between St. Cloud and Big Lake, operated by St. Cloud Metro Bus, go to www.CatchTheLink.com.

Fridley Station Safety
For your safety, please do not attempt to access the Fridley station construction area; this includes crossing the BNSF railroad tracks or attempting to follow the Mississippi River Regional Trail through the construction site. It is unsafe and illegal to attempt to enter the construction site. To keep yourself and the construction crews safe, please use East River Road to travel north and south during construction. The Fridley station site is under 24-hour camera surveillance.

FRIDLEY STATION CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

  • Work on the station elevator occurred this week and will continue next week.
  • Installation of handrails throughout the station area continues.
  • Installation of glass for the station shelters and east and west entrances was completed this week.
  • Roofing on the station shelters and east and west entrances continues.
  • Landscape planting on the east and west sides is scheduled to begin next week.
  • Fence installation around the station site continues.
  • The majority of electrical work at the station is completed.
  • The majority of work in the tunnel is completed.

The schedule presented in this update is tentative, weather dependent and subject to change.

FOR YOUR SAFETY, PLEASE REMEMBER:
Look BOTH ways!
— Trains can approach at any time, from either direction. Always look both directions and listen for warning signals or horns before crossing the tracks in your vehicle or on foot at designated railroad crossings.

If you have any questions or concerns about Fridley station construction, please contact Joy Miciano at 651-366-5829 or visit the Northstar website at www.mn-GetOnBoard.com.

If you would like to schedule a Northstar Commuter Rail presentation for an organization, group or meeting, please contact Joy Miciano at 651-366-5829.

FRIDLEY STATION CONSTRUCTION PHOTO:Fridley Station
Inside the west side entrance (September 30, 2009).

October 09, 2009

Fridley Station Shelter Work Progressing

Northstar Commuter Rail Grand Opening Events
Northstar Commuter Rail will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, with regular commuter service beginning on the following Monday, Nov. 16. The public is invited to the Nov. 14 events at each Northstar station from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.

Continue reading "Fridley Station Shelter Work Progressing " >>

October 02, 2009

Platform Paver Installation Completed at Fridley Station

Final Week to Enter Ticket Drawing to Ride Northstar Commuter Rail at Grand Opening Events. Northstar Commuter Rail will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, with regular commuter service beginning on the following Monday, Nov. 16. The public is invited to the Nov. 14 events at each Northstar station from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis. 

Continue reading "Platform Paver Installation Completed at Fridley Station" >>



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