Northstar at a Glance
History of Northstar
Northstar Commuter Rail at a Glance
Northstar trains operate from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis, with the potential for extending the line north to St. Cloud at a future date. The Northstar Line is operated by Metro Transit and provides an important link to a broader transit network in the metro area and Central Minnesota.
Building Northstar Together
The $320 million cost of building the state’s first commuter rail line was shared by the state and federal governments, the regional rail authorities for Anoka, Hennepin and Sherburne counties, the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Twins.
Why Northstar Was Built
The Northstar Corridor is an 82-mile transportation corridor that runs along Highway 10 from the St. Cloud area to downtown Minneapolis. It is one of the fastest growing corridors in Minnesota and the nation. By 2025, more than 850,000 people are expected to live in the corridor.
Northstar Commuter Rail was chosen and approved by local, state and federal officials because:
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