Northstar Link ups its game this weekend by scheduling extra buses for Twins baseball

ST. CLOUD — Anticipating high ridership for Twins baseball this weekend, Northstar Link Commuter Bus is adding extra buses to and from Big Lake October 2-4. This weekend marks the end of the Twins’ regular season and is also Fan Appreciation Weekend.

“Northstar service to Twins games is popular, and we anticipate this weekend to be extra busy,” said Tom Cruikshank, Managing Director of Operations & Planning for Metro Bus, which operates the Northstar Link service.

Northstar Link is scheduled to depart the St. Cloud Metro Bus Transit Center at 3:55 pm Friday, Oct. 2; 9:15 am Saturday, Oct. 3; and 10:35 am Sunday, Oct. 4; it will stop at St. Cloud State University’s Miller Center, the East St. Cloud Park and Ride Lot, and Becker before meeting the train in Big Lake at 5:03 pm Friday; 10:20 am Saturday; and 11:50 am Sunday.

“We strongly recommend customers come early to board the bus and we urge them to purchase their train fares in advance – especially for Saturday’s game,” said Cruikshank who shared that the time between when the bus arrives in Big Lake and the train departs may be a concern this weekend with the influx of Twins fans expected.

Customers can expedite the boarding process by ordering a print-at-home Northstar Family Pass or individual roundtrip ticket from

Separate fares are required for the Northstar Bus and the Northstar Train. The cost to ride Northstar Link between St. Cloud and Big Lake is $2. Between Becker and Big Lake is $1. Fares for Northstar train from Big Lake to Target Field station ranges between $5.25 on weekend and $6.00 for weekday. A Roundtrip Family Pass costs $20 and is good for two adults and up to three kids or seniors. Individual roundtrip tickets from Big Lake are also available online.

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Northstar Link 997T schedule Oct. 2-4, 2015
Northstar Link 997T schedule Oct. 2-4, 2015

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