Feb 19, 2014 at 10:15 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) The chairman of the Northstar Corridor Development Authority says there has been a, "breakdown in timely service" by Northstar trains this winter, and it's already have a negative effect on ridership.
Leigh Lenzmeier tells KNSI News that January ridership numbers are down two percent compared to last year. When asked if it's due to the issue of providing timely service, he says it is, "without a doubt."
Lenzmeier personally responds to many of the complaints he sees on Facebook. He says, "we've been getting lit up, and we've got it coming."
Lenzmeier says, "identifying the problem hasn't been very difficult. Coming up with solutions has been very challenging."
He says the bad weather has not only been hard on, "cars, trucks and highways, it's also been hard on the capital equipment of BNSF, and that's resulted in delays of service."
He says it's a problem that has been getting "bigger and bigger."
Temp: 41°F (5°C)
Wind: 10mph S