August 26-- The Northstar commuter rail line and Northstar Link Commuter Bus will provide service for all Vikings regular and pre-season games at Mall of America Field in the Metrodome this season. Special trains will be added on game days to supplement the regular Northstar schedule when needed.
Fans can save with a Northstar Roundtrip Family Pass which is good for two adults and up to three kids ages 6-17 for $20 or less depending on which station is used for boarding. Fans arriving at Target Field via Northstar can transfer—at no charge—to the Hiawatha light rail line or buses for the last part of their trip to Mall of America Field.
Northstar Link bus service from St. Cloud or Becker is timed to connect with Northstar trains at Big Lake station. At either the scheduled departure times, or one hour after the end of the game, fans will be able to board the train to Big Lake and easily transfer to the connecting Northstar Link bus to complete the return trip to Becker or St. Cloud. Bus rides cost between $1 and $1.50 one way and are paid for separately from the train ride.
"Why drive and endure the hassles of parking and congestion when there's a comfortable ride waiting for you that will deliver you to the front door of the Metro Dome?" Commissioner Lenzmeier said. "Easy. Cost effective. Fun."
Full schedules for every game and train fare information are available at metrotransit.org/vikings. The MN Vikings Northstar Link service is called route 887V. The 887V schedule is online at www.CatchTheLink.com and on Link buses and Northstar trains.
About the Northstar Commuter Rail Project
The Northstar Commuter Rail Line, operated by Metro Transit, provides service on the 40-mile segment of existing track along Highways 10 and 47 from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis. Northstar trains offer commuter service during prime morning and evening week day rush hours, as well as regular weekend service and some special event service.
The Northstar Corridor Development Authority (NCDA) is a joint powers board of governmental entities representing counties, cities, townships and regional railroad authorities along the Northstar Corridor, which covers an 80-mile stretch from downtown Minneapolis to St. Cloud. The Counties Transit Improvement Board contributes operating funds.
For more information about Northstar train service, go to www.metrotransit.org/northstar. For more information about the Northstar Link Commuter Bus, which provides coach bus service between St. Cloud and Big Lake and is operated by St. Cloud Metro Bus, go to www.CatchTheLink.com, or call 877.LINK.010.