Final Week to Enter Ticket Drawing to Ride Northstar Commuter Rail at Grand Opening Events. Northstar Commuter Rail will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, with regular commuter service beginning on the following Monday, Nov. 16. The public is invited to the Nov. 14 events at each Northstar station from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.
Go to www.metrotransit.org/Northstar/tickets.asp or call 612-349-7479 to enter a drawing for up to four grand opening train ride tickets. The drawing will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Free train rides to a limited number of people will be available Nov. 14 at the Fridley, Coon Rapids-Riverdale, Anoka, Elk River and Big Lake stations. No rides will be provided in downtown Minneapolis that day. However, people may tour a Northstar train at the Target Field Station and receive a free Metro Transit ride coupon good for travel on Northstar at a later specified date.
Free ticket recipients will be notified by email or phone during the week of Oct. 12. A limited number of additional tickets will be available on Nov. 14 at the suburban stations.
For more information about Northstar Commuter Rail, operated by Metro Transit, go to www.metrotransit.org/northstar. To learn about Northstar Link Commuter Coach service between St. Cloud and Big Lake, operated by St. Cloud Metro Bus, go to www.CatchTheLink.com.
Fridley Station Safety
For your safety, please do not attempt to access the Fridley station construction area; this includes crossing the BNSF railroad tracks or attempting to follow the Mississippi River Regional Trail through the construction site. It is unsafe and illegal to attempt to enter the construction site. To keep yourself and the construction crews safe, please use East River Road to travel north and south during construction. The Fridley station site is under 24-hour camera surveillance.
CITY OF FRIDLEY – NORTHSTAR STATION (61ST WAY NE AND EAST RIVER ROAD NE)
The schedule presented in this update is tentative, weather dependent and subject to change.
FOR YOUR SAFETY, PLEASE REMEMBER:
Use designated railroad crossings only – Do not drive around crossing arms for any reason. Trains may not be visible or may be approaching faster than they appear. Freight trains crossing through Northstar station areas will not slow down. Do not cross the tracks in other areas regardless of whether fencing is present.
If you have any questions or concerns about Fridley station construction, please contact Joy Miciano at 651-366-5829 or visit the Northstar website at www.mn-GetOnBoard.com.
If you would like to schedule a Northstar Commuter Rail presentation for an organization, group or meeting, please contact Joy Miciano, 651-366-5829.
Station construction partially funded by the Counties Transit Improvement Board, www.mnrides.org.
CITY OF FRIDLEY - NORTHSTAR STATION
Fridley Station tunnel (September 28, 2009)