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December 07, 2011

Northstar Link fares set for 2012

ST. CLOUD — The Northstar Corridor Development Authority approved a 2012 budget Dec. 1 which includes a fare increase for Northstar Link Commuter Bus, effective Jan. 3.  This is the first increase since the service started in November 2009. The increase will help offset operational costs.

The Northstar Link travels between St. Cloud and Big Lake Northstar Station, with a stop in Becker. The schedule meets most Northstar trains in Big Lake. On Fridays, a midday bus runs the full length of the corridor, from St. Cloud to downtown Minneapolis. Special buses serve sporting and other events. Rides are free on special buses and trains serving the Target Holidazzle parades on Dec. 10 and 17.

Ridership on the Link continues to grow. People boarded the bus 70,741 times, January through October of this year. That’s a 113% increase over the same period in 2010.

Stearns County Commissioner Leigh Lenzmeier, chair of the Northstar Corridor Development Authority, is pleased with the service’s growing popularity.

“Riders are discovering that the Link and the train provide stress-free and on-time travel,” said Commissioner Lenzmeier.

New in 2012, will be a Fabulous Friday midday bus stop in Ramsey. Details are being worked out for an early January start. Watch for more information or call 1-877-546-5010. During 2012, a Northstar train station will be constructed in Ramsey with the goal of service starting by the end of the year.

Northstar Link Fares

Effective Jan. 3, 2012 




887 Cash



887T/887V Cash



887F Cash



Becker Cash



10-Ride Pass



31-Day Pass



About the Northstar Corridor

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 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.

For more information about Northstar train service, go to For more information about the Northstar Link Commuter Bus, which is operated by St. Cloud Metro Bus, go to, or call 877.LINK.010.



November 16, 2011

Free ride to Holidazzle parade Dec. 10, 17

Nov. 16, 2011--Enjoy a free ride on Northstar to the Target Holidazzle Parade in downtown Minneapolis Dec. 10 and 17.

A special, free Northstar Link Holidazzle bus on both Saturdays starts at the downtown St. Cloud Transit Center at 1:45 p.m., with stops at St. Cloud State University, the Northstar Link park and ride lot, and Becker before arriving at Northstar Big Lake Station at 2:45 p.m.

Northstar trains are free after 3 p.m. both days. Be on board when the train pulls out at 3:06 p.m. at Big Lake Station. You’ll arrive in downtown Minneapolis at Target Field Station at 3:55 p.m.

Once Northstar customers reach downtown Minneapolis, getting to Nicollet Mall is an easy—and free—ride on Hiawatha light rail, which connects at Target Field Station. All Metro Transit buses and light rail will be free from 4-8 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 17 as well.

You’ll have time to enjoy the downtown attractions before the parade starts at 6:30 p.m. on Nicollet Mall. Now in its 20th season, the parade features colorful displays, lights, costumes, music and dancing to celebrate the holidays. Get more information about the parade at

The special event Northstar train leaves Target Field Station at 8 p.m. The Northstar Link bus will meet the train in Big Lake at 8:50 p.m., arriving in Becker at 9:10 p.m., and St. Cloud stops starting at 9:35 p.m.

Complete schedule details are available at for the bus, and for the train.

“This is an opportunity even Scrooge would approve of,” says Stearns County Commissioner Leigh Lenzmeier, chair of the Northstar Corridor Development Authority.

“The Holidazzle Parade is a great tradition for many of us. But if it’s not your thing, use the free ride for another purpose,” said Commissioner Lenzmeier. “Scrooge would approve of saving up to $ 16.00 or more per person.”

Commissioner Lenzmeier predicts the free ride will entice newcomers to try the train.

“Try it once and maybe you’ll learn that transit is stress free, on time and reliable—not a bad present for yourself.”

May 02, 2011

Seniors show interest in Friday midday bus

"I don't want to be downtown all day. Isn't there midday service?" That's a common refrain, especially with people who aren't commuters but want to use the train during the week.

At last weekend's Anoka County Senior Expo, senior citizens were glad to learn a new midday bus service gives them some flexibility, on Fridays.

Continue reading "Seniors show interest in Friday midday bus" >>

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