ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The future of commuter rail service is rolling into the station here for a preview of sorts.
Commuter rail passenger cars destined for Washington are making a stop in Minnesota on Aug. 10, taking a few people on demonstration rides along the proposed Northstar Corridor between Minneapolis and St. Cloud.
The cars will arrive in St. Cloud at about 12:52 p.m. for an ice cream social, followed by a 1:45 p.m. trip to Big Lake, said Tim Yantos, assistant Anoka County administrator and Northstar Corridor administrator.
Northstar officials conducted a similar demonstration in 1997 to gauge public support for the proposed service. The system is expected to carry passengers between St. Cloud, Minneapolis and other communities along the U.S. Highway 10 corridor by late 2003. It's expected to cost about $223 million in federal, state and local dollars.
Once preliminary engineering is complete, the development authority will apply to the Federal Transit Authority for final design approval, which is expected to come early in 2001.
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