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New Bus Route 810 Links Employers, Mississippi St., Northstar Station

Service to Unity Hospital, Medtronic's Rice Creek campus through 2012.

The city of Fridley will get new bus service all to itself starting Monday, March 5, 2012.

Buses on the new Route 810 will circulate within Fridley 12 times a day—six trips each in the morning and afternoon commuting periods.

The bus route connects Northstar Commuter Rail trains at Fridley Station with two major employers: Medtronic's Rice Creek Campus and . Along the way, it also runs through several commercial and residential sections of the city.

Beginning at Fridley Station, buses travel in a counter-clockwise direction around a square (see map PDF):

  • east on Mississippi Street to Old Central Avenue
  • north on Old Central Avenue to Osborne Road
  • west on Osborne Road to University Avenue
  • south on University Avenue to 61st Avenue and back to Fridley Station

According to a Metro Transit statement announcing the new route, there are 5,355 entry-level jobs in the area that the Route 810 serves.

All but one of the new route's 12 daily trips take place during rush hour, when bus fare is $2.25 (see schedule PDFs). Bus riders pay a surcharge to transfer to a Northstar train.

The new bus service will continue at least through 2012, under a Metro Transit contract with MV Transportation Inc. Half the funding coming from a federal Job Access and Reverse Commute grant, according to Metro Transit.

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