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Posts in Category: Northstar


Decade later, Northstar remains a draw for faithful and new riders 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Thursday, December 12, 2019 4:31:00 PM
Cary Schaller lives in Big Lake and works in downtown Minneapolis. But for the past decade, he’s spent just a few minutes of his daily, hourlong commutes in his personal vehicle. That’s because Schaller has been riding the Northstar Commuter [...]
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Several Northstar stations attracting more development 

| Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:57:00 AM
​ Construction continues near the Northstar Commuter Rail Line’s Coon Rapids/Riverdale Station, where Minneapolis-based Sherman Associates is building a 180 market-rate apartment project called Lyra, and a 71 affordable apartment project called [...]
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Employees recall opening days of Metro Transit’s rail lines 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:14:00 AM
To hear John MacQueen tell it, the METRO Blue Line’s June 26, 2004, opening was hardly a sure success. “One of the strangest things was nothing worked well, except the day before we opened,” said MacQueen, the Blue Line’s first rail transit [...]

Northstar facility, fleet in line for major overhauls 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Tuesday, April 30, 2019 2:10:00 PM
Jeremy Spilde, manager of commuter rail maintenance, in a service pit at Northstar's Operations & Maintenance Facility in Big Lake, Minn. Locomotives and passenger cars that have been operating for the past decade on the Northstar [...]
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In Coon Rapids, hobbyists create scaled-down Northstar 

Posted by Laura Baenen | Wednesday, April 3, 2019 12:08:00 PM
Customers who ride the Northstar Commuter Rail Line must look up to take in the nearly 300,000-pound, 16-foot tall locomotives that pull passenger cars between Minneapolis and Big Lake. But in the basement of a former Coon Rapids grocery store [...]
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