Free Rides to Celebrate METRO Green Line

Northstar Link Commuter Bus to Celebrate Opening of  METRO Green Line with Free Rides on June 14 & 15

ST. CLOUD – Ride for free June 14 and 15 on Northstar Link Commuter Bus, Northstar Commuter Rail and Metro Transit buses in the Twin Cities. The free rides are part of opening weekend celebrations for the METRO Green Line Light Rail Transit.

With the opening of the Green Line LRT, people can make connections from Target Field to the University of Minnesota, the State Capitol and downtown St. Paul.

There will be nearly 500 trains each day at Target Field Station, with Green, Blue and Northstar lines combined, plus almost 2,000 bus connections nearby.

As the regional system grows, that’s good news for commuters, according to Stearns County Commissioner Leigh Lenzmeier, chair of the Northstar Corridor Development Authority.

“It’s getting easier to use transit, which, for a commuter, means less stress and more money in your pocket,” Commissioner Lenzmeier said.

In addition to Northstar Link’s regular weekend schedule June 14, an extra southbound trip will operate from St. Cloud to meet the extra Northstar train in Big Lake for the METRO Green Line opening ceremonies. An extra northbound bus is scheduled for the return trip.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are planned Saturday at the Union Depot and Target Field stations, with community celebrations at seven Green Line stations throughout the day.

The Green Line will not be operational prior to the Union Depot ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Details of activities at Target Field Station and the rest of the Green Line are available at