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Thank you for making Northstar a success!

Northstar Commuter Rail — the state’s first commuter rail line — provides commuter rail service from downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake, with connecting coach bus service between Big Lake and St. Cloud. This new transit option is a great asset to the Northstar Corridor and beyond.

With your support, we will work to extend train service to St. Cloud.

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  • Station Spotlights

  • Find out how Northstar benefits residents who live, work and play in the region


  • Expansion

  • Learn about Northstar expansion plans and how you can help make them a reality


  • Schedules & Connections

  • Find Northstar train and bus schedules, along with information about shuttle services that connect to the Northstar Line
Construction & News Updates.


Construction & News Updates.


The Northstar Corridor Development Authority, after working with our partners to launch Northstar Commuter Rail in Nov. 2009, has set our sights on maximizing the line's assets and extending the rail service to St. Cloud when the timing is right. Join us in a discussion about the opportunities--and the challenges--for expanding transportation options. is coordinated by the Northstar Corridor Development Authority, who was integral in the planning and implementation of the Northstar Commuter Rail. is a site to support ongoing development in the corridor, as well as expansion of the line to St. Cloud.

The Northstar Commuter Rail is operated by Metro Transit. For information on how to ride Northstar, including schedules and fares, visit Metro Transit.


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