Your train option in Anoka County, MN, is the Northstar Commuter Rail Line, The Northstar provides weekday peak period service and limited weekend and special event service. Northstar Stations are located in Big Lake, Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Fridley and downtown Minneapolis (Target Field). The train connects directly to all stations. Once downtown, light rail, buses and skyways are right outside the door. Free parking is available at all suburban stations. Paid parking is available at Target Field station.
Fares: Fares are determined by the day of the week and distance traveled; there are no rush-hour fares on Northstar trains.
How To Pay For Your Train Ride: There are no fareboxes on trains. You must pay for your ride before boarding the train. Police officers will randomly ask to see proof of fare payment on trains and stations. There is a $180 fine for riding trains or buses without paying.
Accessibility: Light-rail trains offer step-free boarding, and are equipped with designated sections for customers using wheelchairs. In addition, all station platforms are fully accessible. Northstar stations have ramps that allow easier boarding for customers using wheelchairs. Since there is a gap between the platform and the train, the conductor will assist you in boarding.
Free Wi-Fi: Northstar features free Wi-Fi to keep you connected while you ride. You can check email, download documents or search the web (sorry, no streaming). Connect your device, agree to the conditions and you’re ready to go!
History of Northstar: Northstar became part of Metro Transit's regional service network in November 2009.
METRO System: Some METRO lines use trains, others use buses. METRO lines are named by color (blue, red, green) rather than numbers.
Guaranteed Ride Home: Guaranteed Ride Home is Metro Transit's free program that gets you home from work or school if you have a family emergency or have to work late unexpectedly. To be eligible for this program, you must ride the train, bus, carpool, vanpool, bicycle or walk to work or school at least three times per week.