Meetings will discuss route changes for Northstar launch

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September 14, 2009 // UPDATED 10:32 am - September 16, 2009
By: Amanda Kushner
Amanda Kushner
When the Northstar commuter rail line launches on Nov. 16, existing service will change to coordinate with the rail’s opening. The Northstar commuter rail line and connecting shuttle service will replace Route 851 and 888.

Route 888 runs from Elk River to Downtown Minneapolis, and it will no longer be needed once the Northstar rail launches. The Route number 851 will go away, but portions of the 851 service will be picked up in a shuttle service that will bring people to the train station in Anoka, said Bob Gibbons with Metro Transit customer service.

Also the Hiawatha light-rail line, which currently ends at the Hennepin Avenue Warehouse District station, will connect to the Northstar station at Target Field. This will allow people coming inbound on the Northstar line to have a way to get to Downtown, the airport and other destinations around the region, Gibbons said. The Northstar project was paid for by the Hiawatha extension, he said.

Three informational meetings will allow the public to learn more and comment on the Northstar service and route changes.

Wednesday, Sept. 16
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room

Wednesday, Sept. 16
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Coon Rapids City Hall, Council Chambers

Thursday, Sept. 17
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Fridley City Hall, Council Chambers