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Northstar facts and funding

The Trip – By the Numbers

18: Number of passenger cars; there are six locomotives

40 miles: Length of total route from Big Lake to Minneapolis

52 minutes: Estimated time to travel entire route

52 miles: Length of transit corridor created by connecting Northstar commuter rail and METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha)

150: How many tons a Northstar locomotive weighs

7: Number of stations (Big Lake, Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids-Riverdale, Fridley, Target Field)

79 mph: The top speed of Northstar trains

5 & 1: Number of trips from Big Lake to Minneapolis and reverse trip each weekday morning; also the number of trips from Minneapolis to Big Lake and reverse trip each weekday afternoon/evening

3: Number of roundtrips each weekend day; Northstar also offers special event service

The Trains

- 139-145: Seated capacity per train car (additional space for standing available)

Get more details on train features.


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.

Northstar funding

Financial results: See results by calendar year.

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