Northstar Link to service all Vikings home games in 2017

ST. CLOUD (8/22/17) – Northstar Commuter Rail and Northstar Link Commuter Bus will provide service for all Minnesota Vikings home games, starting with the pre-season game on August 27. Northstar Link bus rides cost $2.00 one-way. Northstar Line train fares are paid separately.

To the game
The Northstar Link commuter bus service from St. Cloud and Becker is timed to connect with Northstar commuter train at Big Lake Station. The commuter train takes riders from Big Lake, Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley to Target Field Station. At Target Field Station, riders can connect with METRO Blue or Green light rail lines. The METRO provides fast, frequent service straight to U.S. Bank Stadium. Transfers from the Northstar train to the METRO trains are free. U.S. Bank Stadium is the fourth stop on either line, about a 7 minute ride.

After the game
For the return trip, board any westbound METRO Blue or Green line train back to Target Station. Enter through the glass doors at Target Field Station and take the escalator to the lower level to board the Northstar train.

The Northstar train is scheduled to depart at either the scheduled departure times or one hour after the end of the game. Fans will be able to take the train to Big Lake where the bus will be waiting to bring them back to Becker or St. Cloud.

Northstar Link Bus Route 887V, which serves Minnesota Vikings home games, can be found online at CatchTheLink.com and on Northstar Link buses and Northstar Line trains.

Northstar Train Schedule: Game schedules and train fare information are available at www.metrotransit.org/vikings.

 

Northstar to serve all home MN Twins baseball games, 2017

ST. CLOUD (3/24/17) – Northstar Commuter Rail and Northstar Link Commuter Bus will provide service for all Minnesota Twins baseball home games at Target Field, starting with the home opener on April 3.

Northstar Link bus service from St. Cloud and Becker is timed to connect with Northstar Line trains at the Big Lake Station. After the game, at either the scheduled departure times or 30 minutes after the end of the game, fans will be able to board the train to Big Lake where the bus will be waiting to bring them back to Becker or St. Cloud. The northbound train will leave Target Field 30 minutes after fireworks show (instead of last out) on June 16; July 3, 7 & 21; and Aug 4 & 18.

Northstar Link bus rides cost $2.00 one-way. Northstar Line train fares are paid separately. Bus schedules are available on Northstar buses and trains as well as online.

View bus schedule: www.catchthelink.com/schedules/route-887t/.

View train schedule and fares : metrotransit.org/Twins.

Holiday Service Schedule 2016

ST. CLOUD (11/16/16)— Northstar Link Commuter Bus will operate a holiday schedule based on the Northstar Commuter Rail train schedule. This results in no bus service for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day holidays, modified schedules for the Friday after Thanksgiving and the day after Christmas, and only Vikings service for New Year’s Day on Route 887V. Route 887F will not operate on Nov. 25, the Friday after Thanksgiving. See the schedules below for the Route 887 modified service days Nov. 25 and Dec. 26 and the schedule for the 887V service for Jan. 1, 2017. Regular fares apply for all routes.

Northstar Link bus schedule for Friday, Nov. 25 and Monday, Dec. 26. Southbound buses will depart the Transit Center at 3:50, 5:15, 6:15 and 11:50 am and 1:45 and 3:45 pm; SCSU Miller Center at 4:00, 5:20 and 6:20 am and noon, 1:50 and 3:50 pm; East St. Cloud Park and Ride Lot at 4:10, 5:30 and 6:30 am and 12:10, 2:05 and 4:00 pm; Becker at 4:30, 5:50 and 6:50 am and 12:30, 2:25 and 4:20 pm; to arrive in Big Lake at 4:50, 6:10 and 7:10 am and 12:50, 2:45 and 4:40 pm. Northbound buses will depart Big Lake at 5:00, 6:20 and 7:20 am and 1:05, 2:55 and 4:50 pm; Becker at 5:15, 6:40 and 7:40 am and 1:25, 3:05 and 5:10 pm; East St. Cloud Park and Ride Lot at 5:35, 7:00 and 8:00 am and 1:45, 3:25 and 5:30 pm; Metro Bus Transit Center 5:42, 7:10 and 8:10 am and 1:55, 3:35 and 5:40 pm; to arrive at SCSU Miller Center at 6:00, 7:20 and 8:20 am and 2:05, 3:45 and 5:50 pm.


887V Schedule for January 1, 2017

No Northstar service Thanksgiving Day, reduced service Friday after Thanksgiving (2016)

ST. CLOUD —The Northstar Link route 887 will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. Northstar Link will run a modified schedule on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 in conjunction with Northstar rail service.  There is no 887F service on Nov. 25. See schedule below for Nov. 25 schedule.

Nov. 25 Reduced Route 887 Schedule
Southbound: Departs St. Cloud Metro Bus Transit Center at 3:50, 5:15, and 6:15 am; 12:00, 1:45, and 3:45 pm.

Northbound: Departs Big Lake Station at 5:00, 6:20, and 7:20 am; 1:05, 2:50, and 4:50 pm.

Nov. 25 Route 887F Alternative
Southbound: Use any Route 887 service to train station in Big Lake. Ride train to Northstar Station. Closest to the 887F timeframe is the bus that departs the Metro Bus Transit Center at 12:00, SCSU at 12:10 and Northstar Link Park and Ride Lot at 12:20 pm to Big Lake. It meets the 1:03 pm Southbound 888 Northstar train  to Minneapolis an serves all Northstar Stations.

Northbound: Use the 2:00 pm 888 Northstar train from Target Field station to Big Lake, where it meets the 2:55 pm Northstar Link bus to St. Cloud.

View Northstar Link Bus Route 887 Thanksgiving Service Rider Handout.

View Details of Metro Transit’s Northstar Commuter Rail train schedule for Nov. 25 

More information about Northstar Commuter Rail train service: www.metrotransit.org/northstar

Northstar Commuter Rail, Link to service Twins home games in 2016

ST. CLOUD (4/1/16) –Northstar Commuter Rail and Northstar Link Commuter Bus will provide service for all Minnesota Twins baseball home games at Target Field, starting with the home opener on April 11.

Northstar Link bus service from St. Cloud and Becker is timed to connect with Northstar Line trains at the
Big Lake Station. After the game, at either the scheduled departure times or thirty minutes after the end of the game, fans will be able to board the train to Big Lake where the bus will be waiting to bring them back to Becker or St. Cloud. The northbound train will leave Target Field 30 minutes after fireworks show (instead of last out) on June 3, 10 & 17; July 1, 15 & 29; Aug 12; and Sept 2.

Northstar Link bus rides cost $2.00 one-way. Northstar Line train fares are paid separately.

Game schedules and train fare information are available at metrotransit.org/Twins. Schedules for Northstar Link Bus Route 887T, which serves Minnesota Twins home games, can be found online at CatchTheLink.com and on Northstar Link buses and Northstar Line trains.

Northstar Link Serves Jan. 10 Vikings Playoff Game

ST. CLOUD (1/6/16)— Going to Sunday’s playoff game? Use northstar Commuter Bus and Northstar Line train. It’s an affordable ride with easy transfers and lets you avoid the hassle of parking near TCF Bank Stadium.
887 Northstar Schedule: Sunday Jan. 10

Vikings Game time at TCF Stadium is Noon.

TO THE GAME: Southbound Northstar Service – regularly scheduled service
Northstar Link 887   Northstar Line 888
Metro Bus Transit Center SCSU
Miller Center
East St. Cloud
Park & Ride
Becker Big Lake Departs
Big Lake
Arrives
Target Field
AM AM
8:20 8:30 8:40 9:00 9:20 9:30 10:22

 

AFTER THE GAME: Northbound Northstar Service– regularly scheduled service
Northstar Line 888   Northstar Link 887
Departs
Target Field
Arrives
Big Lake
Big Lake Becker East St. Cloud
Park & Ride
Metro BusTransit Center SCSU
Miller Center
PM PM
4:55 5:47 5:55 6:10 6:30 6:40 6:50

 

Fares: The cost to ride Northstar Commuter Bus between St. Cloud and Becker is $2/person/way, between Becker and Big Lake is $1/person/way. A roundtrip ticket for Northstar Rail train is $10.50 for travel between Big Lake and Target Field Station. Families can save money by purchasing a Family Pass online ahead of time. Round trip Northstar Passes (individual and family) provide unlimited rides on buses and light rail on the date shown on the pass. Up to three children ages 5 and under may ride free on all both Northstar services.

Revised 887V Northstar Schedule for Dec. 27 Vikings Game

ST. CLOUD (12/17/15) — Northstar Link 887V schedule will change from its published time on Sunday, Dec. 27, due to the Vikings game time change from noon to 7:30 pm at TCF Bank Stadium. See schedule below. Regular fares will apply.

 

TO THE GAME: Southbound Northstar Service

Northstar Link Bus 887V

Northstar Train 888

Metro Bus Transit Center

SCSU
Miller Center
East St. Cloud
Park & Ride
Becker Big Lake Departs
Big Lake

Arrives
Target Field

PM

PM

3:50

4:00 4:10 4:30 4:50 5:10

6:02

AFTER THE GAME: Northbound Northstar Service

Northstar Train 888

Northstar Link Bus 887V

Departs
Target Field

Arrives
Big Lake
Big Lake Becker East St. Cloud
Park & Ride
Metro Bus
Transit Center

SCSU
Miller Center

PM

PM
Northbound Train departs
Target Field Station
90 minutes after game ends.

Bus meets train when it arrives in Big Lake and serves all stops

 

Northstar Holiday Schedule 2015

ST. CLOUD (11/17/15) —The Northstar Link route 887 will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. Northstar Link will run a modified schedule on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27 and Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, in conjunction with Northstar rail service (schedule below). Northstar Link will operate its regular schedule on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. There is no 887F service on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov 27. Regular fares will apply.

Southbound departures from: Metro Bus Transit Center at 3:50, 5:15, 6:15 and 11:50 am and 1:45 and 3:45 pm; SCSU Miller Center at 4:00, 5:20 and 6:20 am and 12:00, 1:50 and 3:30 pm; East St. Cloud Park and Ride Lot at 4:10, 5:30 and 6:30 am and 12:10, 2:05 and 3:50 pm; Becker at 4:30, 5:50 and 6:50 am and 12:30, 2:25 and 4:20 pm; Big Lake at 4:50, 6:10 and 7:10 am and 12:50, 2:45 and 4:40 pm.  To meet the train in Big Lake.

Northbound departures from: Big Lake at 5:00, 6:20 and 7:20 am and 1:05, 2:55 and 4:50 pm ; Becker at 5:15, 6:40 and 7:40 am and 1:25, 3:05 and 5:10 pm; East St. Cloud Park and Ride at 5:35, 7:00 and 8:00 am and 1:45, 3:25 and 5:30; Metro Bus Transit Center at 5:42, 7:10 and 8:10 am and 1:55, 3:35 and 5:40 pm; and SCSU Miller Center at 6:00, 7:20 and 8:20 am and 2:05, 3:45 and 5:50 pm.

 

2015 holiday schedule 2

Northstar Link Commuter Bus adds smartcard payment option, Metro Bus & Metro Transit collaborate to improve customer experience

ST. CLOUD — Starting Oct. 12, those who travel on Northstar Link Commuter Bus will be able to pay their fares with the same Go-To fare card used on the Northstar Commuter Rail service and on Metro Transit system in the Twin Cities.go-to_card-new_360x230

A Go-To card looks like a credit card and can be loaded with stored value. Cards can be used on Northstar buses & trains but each service is paid separately. Customers will have to tap the card to the reader each time before boarding a bus or train.

“The Go-To Card is easier to use than digging for cash, and there is comfort in knowing you can register the card for free to protect its stored value if it is lost or stolen,” said Metro Bus Executive Director Ryan Daniel.

“With only one fare card to keep track of between the two services, commuting between St. Cloud and Minneapolis will be even easier,” said Leigh Lenzmeier, Stearns County Commissioner and chair of the Northstar Corridor Development Authority. “And it’s a good example of two transit systems working together to provide the best service possible for the people of Minnesota.”

Metro Bus worked with Metro Transit to bring the Go-To Card payment option to the Northstar Link buses.

“This step in the evolution of the Go To Card and our partnership with Metro Bus is just the latest way in which we have come together, working to ensure that taking transit is the most efficient way of connecting our community as they travel to work, school and to visit all the region has to offer,” said Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb.

Pre-loaded $20 Go-To Cards may be purchased at the Metro Bus Transit Center, in downtown St. Cloud. Cards may also be purchased online from Metro Transit, or at any of Metro Transit’s retail outlets in the Twin Cities.

Northstar Link customers may continue to pay their fare using cash, 10-Ride Pass or 31-Day Pass. The Go-To Card is not valid on St. Cloud Metro Bus Fixed Route or Dial-a-Ride services. More information about Northstar Link, Fares and Go-To Cards may be found here.