Free Northstar rides with donations to Toys for Tots

Metro Transit and Burlington-Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad have teamed up to offer free rides on select Northstar commuter rail trips Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 in exchange for donations to Toys for Tots.

The morning of Dec. 14, U.S. Marines and BNSF employees who operate Northstar will be on hand at Target Field Station to accept donations from Northstar commuters.

In exchange for donations of new unwrapped toys, riders will be given a pair of free Northstar tickets to use at a later date. (Limit one pair of tickets per customer).

The evening of Dec. 15, those traveling on the special Northstar Holidazzle train can ride free to and from any station with their Toys for Tots donations.

To qualify for the free Holidazzle ride, one donation is needed for each Northstar customer. For example, a party of two adults and two children would ride free with a donation of four new unwrapped toys.

Donations will be collected at Target Field Station by U.S. Marines as well as BNSF and Metro Transit staff.

The BNSF Railway Foundation is joining in the effort, providing a $2,000 contribution to Toys for Tots.

The Northstar Holidazzle train will operate on this schedule Dec. 15:

• Departs Ramsey, 3:21 p.m.

• Departs Anoka, 3:27 p.m.

• Departs Coon Rapids-Riverdale, 3:31 p.m.

• Departs Fridley, 3:39 p.m.

• Arrives Target Field, 3:55 p.m.

The return trip will leave Target Field Station promptly at 8 p.m.

For more information about Toys for Tots, visit

Northstar is operated by Metro Transit, a service of the Metropolitan Council.

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