Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Northstar Public Meetings


MINNEAPOLIS – (Aug. 25) – Metro Transit will hold three public meetings to familiarize customers with bus route changes that will be made in conjunction with the opening of the Northstar commuter rail line later this year.
The 40-mile Northstar Line will operate between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis, also serving stations in Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley. There will be six morning and six afternoon trips each weekday serving major work start and end times, along with several trips on Saturdays and Sundays. Exact schedule times and fares will be finalized in late August.
Some existing transit service will be altered to coordinate with the opening of the rail line. Route 851 and 888 will be replaced by Northstar commuter rail and connecting shuttle service. Providers of transit service in the area include Metro Transit (routes 10, 824, 850, 851, 852, 854 and 860); Anoka County (Route 805 and dial-a-ride), the City of Ramsey (Route 856), Northstar Community Development Authority (Route 888), Metro Mobility (service for people with disabilities), River Rider (dial-a-ride), and the new Northstar Link, with connecting service between St. Cloud and Big Lake.
In downtown Minneapolis, the Hiawatha light-rail line is being extended to connect with the Northstar station adjacent to Target Field. Local bus routes, operating at least every 15 minutes during most of the day, offer regular connecting service along 4th and 6th streets from Ramp B/5th Street Garage.
The public is invited to learn about and provide comments on bus route changes and Northstar service at these meetings:
Wednesday, Sept. 1611:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room
Wednesday, Sept. 167 to 8:30 p.m.Coon Rapids City Hall, Council Chambers
Thursday, Sept. 176:30 to 8 p.m.Fridley City Hall, Council Chambers
Details about the Northstar Line and proposed bus-route changes are available
here. Those who are unable to attend the public meetings can submit questions or comments here or call Customer Relations at 612-373-3333.

Read the Northstar Commuter Rail bus service plan HERE

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