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July 9, 2014

Metro Transit providing extra service for Major League Baseball® All-Star Week™

A Metro Transit light-rail train at Target Field in Minneapolis. Metro Transit is stepping up to the plate to give fans an affordable and hassle-free way of getting to Target Field and other event sites during Major League Baseball® All-Star Week™.                                                                     

Special Northstar trains will make trips to All-Star events July 12-15 and extra light-rail trains will be in service on the METRO Blue and METRO Green lines as needed throughout the festivities. All rail lines serve the recently-expanded Target Field Station next to Target Field.

Fans can also ride the Green Line to Stadium Village Station for the Target All-Star Concert featuring Imagine Dragons at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, July 12. Free rides on select Nicollet Mall buses can be taken to the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center and several bus routes go to the Ramp B/5th Street Transit Center next to Target Field.

“The combination of light rail, commuter rail and bus service make Target Field among the most transit-friendly ballparks in the country, and the recent addition of the Green Line provides even more opportunities to enjoy All-Star festivities,” General Manager Brian Lamb said. “We look forward to being a part of this community-wide celebration and providing fans convenient travel options as they enjoy events across the Twin Cities.”

Special Northstar trips scheduled for All-Star Week™ include:

> Saturday, July 12: Departing Big Lake at 5:13 p.m. and arriving at Target Field at 6:02 p.m. A northbound train will depart from Target Field 90 minutes after the Target All-Star Concert at TCF Bank Stadium ends.

> Sunday, July 13: Departing Big Lake at 1:53 p.m. and arriving at Target Field at 2:42 p.m. A northbound train will depart from Target Field 30 minutes after the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game ends.

> Monday, July 14: Departing Big Lake at 5:06 p.m. and arriving at Target Field at 5:55 p.m. A northbound train will leave Target Field 30 minutes after the Gillette Homerun Derby ends.

> Tuesday, July 15: Departing Big Lake at 5:06 p.m. and arriving at Target Field at 5:55 p.m. A northbound train will leave Target Field 30 minutes after the last out.

A complete schedule of special Northstar trips is available here. Northstar Link, commuter bus service between Big Lake and St. Cloud, will also operate for each special Northstar trip. See the full Northstar Link schedule here

Fans planning to travel by rail or bus are encouraged to purchase fares ahead of time. Multi-day passes and other fare payments can be purchased through Metro Transit’s online store, at a Metro Transit Service Center or at one of more than 100 retailers (find the nearest location here). Discounted, round-trip family passes are also available for Northstar and METRO lines. 

Commemorative All-Star Week™ Go-To Cards with $20 of stored fare value are available for purchase through Metro Transit's online store, at Metro Transit Service Centers and at The Minneapolis Convention Center.

Metro Transit’s online TripPlanner and representatives from the Transit Information Center are available for trip planning assistance. Representatives can be reached at 612-373-3333.

Buses detoured during Major League Baseball® All-Star Week™

Bus service will be affected by temporary road closures in downtown Minneapolis during All-Star Week™.

Buses will be detoured from Nicollet Mall to Hennepin Avenue beginning the night of Monday, July 14, through Tuesday, July 15, for the Red Carpet Parade. The parade will also impact bus operations on 7th Street between Marquette Avenue and 10th Street North. Route-specific detours will be available at metrotransit.org/rider-alerts.

Additional detours are in affect on Twins Way and near the Minneapolis Convention Center.

For service updates throughout the week, follow Metro Transit on Twitter (twitter.com/metrotransitmn) and Facebook (facebook.com/metrotransitmn).

Metro Transit is a service of the Metropolitan Council. Customers boarded buses and trains operated by Metro Transit more than 81 million times in 2013.

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Contact: Drew Kerr, public relations specialist, drew.kerr@metrotransit.org, 612-349-7758

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