Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Northstar Commuter Rail Schedule Change


MINNEAPOLIS – (Nov. 24) – Metro Transit today announced minor changes to the weekday schedule of Northstar commuter rail trains and said it would add a special-event train to take Vikings fans home after Sunday’s game against the Bears.
Beginning Monday (Nov. 30), trains leaving downtown Minneapolis on weekdays will depart five minutes later than originally scheduled, the agency said. New departure times are 3:55 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 5:25 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The morning reverse commute trip also will leave five minutes later at 6:10 a.m.
“Customers told us that it was too much of a rush to leave their jobs and make it comfortably to departing trains in the 20 minutes we budgeted to travel from the core of downtown to Target Field Station,” said Adam Harrington, assistant director of route and system planning. “The extra five minutes will give customers a reliable connection to their homebound trains.”
Based on its early experience, Metro Transit also is changing some travel times between stations for all weekday trips leaving downtown. Travel time from Target Field Station to Fridley Station will be reduced by two minutes while travel time between Elk River Station and Big Lake Station will be increased by two minutes, keeping the end-to-end running time at 51 minutes.
Because the kickoff time for Sunday’s Vikings-Bears game has been changed to 3:15 p.m., Metro Transit will add a special Northstar train to take fans home after the game.
The train will leave Target Field Station at 7:20 p.m. Normal weekend fares apply.
Northstar service to the Vikings-Bears game will be accommodated by the regular Sunday train schedule with an arrival at Target Field Station scheduled at 1:45 p.m. An earlier Sunday train arrives at Target Field Station at 11:20 a.m.
Northstar customers traveling between Target Field Station and the Metrodome can use the Hiawatha light-rail line.
For information on fares, schedules and transfers, customers can visit
metrotransit.org or talk with a transit professional at 612-373-3333.

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