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A Larger Role for Pine Co. in NLX? Maybe

Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 5:31 am
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Doug Carlson & Praveena Pidaparthi, MN/DOT

Pine County commissioner and board member of the Northern Lights Express (NLX) Rail Alliance, Doug Carlson, is telling the NLX board not to forget about Pine County.  The NLX Alliance met Wednesday in Pine City at the Pine County Courthouse.  There, Carlson encouraged the board to strongly consider making Sandstone a stop on the proposed rail line from Minneapolis to Duluth.

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In the past, the Alliance has discussed several stops in Pine County, most notably in Hinckley.  Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart assured Carlson that a Sandstone stop in under consideration

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Carlson also raised concerns about the value of Pine County’s membership with the NLX alliance.  The county receives only one vote compared to other counties like Hennepin who have four.  The reason is because Hennepin pays $100,000 for its membership and Pine County pays $25,000.  Carlson asked the alliance board to consider making votes based on population not membership fees.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the Alliance board  listened to a presentation from Praveena Pidaparthi with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  She discussed the state comprehensive statewide freight and passenger rail plan.

According to numbers from the rail demand forecast, it’s estimated ridership in Hinckley would reach 238,000 people by 2030 if the proposed train went 79 mph making four to eight round trip trains a day.

1 Comment

  1. Tom Martini 08/28/09 at 10:52pm

    This is great that you have the audio clips along with your article I however do not fully agree with your summary of what Commissioner Doug Carlson had said, and the response from Commissioner Dan Erhart.

    Doug did allude to his friends at Sandstone but did mention several other towns (mostly his District). At this juncture Beroun and other towns south of Hinckley would not be part of this rail plan.

    Dan said he would not forget Sandstone but really this was due to some personal experience he referenced, and I can see nothing in the plan for rail stations between Superior WI, and Hinckley MN.

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