Everything listed under: rail

  • Northern Lights Express: On Track or Going Nowhere Fast?

    From the looks of the slick taxpayer-funded website, you’d think it’s full speed ahead for the  Northern Lights Express (NLX), the proposed passenger rail line from the Twin Cities to  Duluth.  As one of six passenger rail lines for Minnesota, an air of inevitability often seems to surround the controversial line estimated to cost between $650 million and one billion dollars. Yet the route to Duluth runs through Washington with a Congress at a crossroads and ready to derail such projects.

  • FFM Bulletin 9/29/11

    Featuring: Rochester's "Zip Rail" project, Monticello FiberNet, MN's connection to LightSquared, and a call for FFM interns!

  • Rochester Post Bulletin: Conservative think tank labels Zip Rail a "future boondoggle"

    An article from our latest e-update was picked up by the Rochester Post Bulletin after referring to the Rochester "Zip Rail" project, a Rochester-Twin Cities rail line, a "future boondoggle."

  • Anoka County Commissioners Buck Trend and Cut Spending and Taxes

    The Anoka County Board of Commissioners announced last week that their 2012 budget would include a reduction of property taxes of $8.14 million, marking a 7.43 percent decrease from the previous year and the first time in 30 years that spending for the next fiscal year will be less than the current budget projections. 

  • Minnesota Congressional Delegation Doubles Down on Earmark Extravaganza with 101 Projects

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN--This lame duck session will be the last for outgoing 18-term Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN). But old habits die hard, including requesting tens of millions of dollars in earmarks in the omnibus appropriations bill before Congress. 

  • The Taxpayers’ Missing Link?

    Northstar Commuter Rail has been running from Big Lake to Downtown Minneapolis since November 2009. While ridership has been on par with projections by Metro Transit, taxpayers are still subsidizing $80 for every $15 round-trip ticket, according to a Freedom Foundation of Minnesota analysis. Yet Northstar officials and policymakers continue to push an extension of the line to St. Cloud, which would have a major impact on taxpayers.

  • FIRST 100 DAYS OF NORTHSTAR COMMUTER RAIL

    While the Northstar Commuter Rail line is meeting its start-up ridership goals so far, it may be an uphill climb to double monthly ridership by September as projected, even with passengers paying just a fraction of the heavily subsidized train’s true cost, according to a Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM) analysis of the first 100 days of operation.

  • Watchdog: FIRST 100 DAYS OF NORTHSTAR COMMUTER RAIL

    FFM's analysis of the first 100 days of the Northstar Commuter Rail was featured on national watchdog group Watchdog.org. The report uses public data to calculate the true cost of the commuter rail service and raises questions about if taxpayers are getting railroaded.

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