To the editor:
I have followed with interest the many editorial commentaries outlining the of benefits or concerns about the Northstar Commuter Rail Line. While I may choose to not weigh in on the debate, I can tell you that this system has many pleased users.
I have been a daily rider on the Northstar Line since it started in November of 2009. My ride from Fridley to downtown Minneapolis is short. Within only 15 minutes, I am taken from waiting on the platform in Fridley to walking the skyways in Minneapolis. I avoid all weather-related concerns, which is a particular blessing in the winter months.
The cost of the ride is reasonable. I have avoided hundreds of dollars in parking fees and the headaches of downtown traffic congestion.
I’ve made many new friends during my rides. We share stories about family and work. We have built a unique bond. We refer to each other as our “train friends.”
I would welcome expanded Northstar travel options provided during the day, for the current schedule is limiting. However, I recognize that without an expanded transit system more Northstar trains are unlikely. I enjoy my daily commute on the train and would invite others to join me and my “train friends” in this transit option.
—Marilyn Kordiak, Fridley