Northstar Commuter Rail 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.
A limited number of train tickets for free grand opening train rides will be available on 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 Target Field Station and receive a free Metro Transit ride coupon good for travel on Northstar at a later specified date.
For more information about Northstar Commuter Rail, operated by Metro Transit, and the grand opening events, 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.
Construction activities at the Fridley station are slightly behind schedule; however, crews remain optimistic that the station will be ready for opening day.
- Work on the station elevators continues.
- Installation of handrails throughout the station area continues.
- Installation of glass for the station shelters and east and west entrances was completed this week.
- Roofing on the station shelters and east and west entrances continues.
- Painting around the station shelters and entrances continues.
- Landscape planting on the east and west sides continues.
- Fence installation around the station site continues.
- The majority of electrical work at the station is completed.
- The majority of work in the tunnel is completed.
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 at 651-366-5829.
FRIDLEY STATION CONSTRUCTION PHOTO:
View of the east entrance and center station platform (October 23, 2009).