Anoka (Metro Transit station)

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Anoka
Northstar Commuter Anoka station.jpg
Northstar train at the southbound platform of Anoka station
Location 2718 4th Avenue
Anoka, MN 55433
Coordinates 45°12′28.4″N 93°23′4.7″W / 45.207889°N 93.384639°W / 45.207889; -93.384639Coordinates: 45°12′28.4″N 93°23′4.7″W / 45.207889°N 93.384639°W / 45.207889; -93.384639
Line(s)
Platforms Side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus routes 805, 852, 887F
Construction
Parking 377 spaces
Bicycle facilities 12 lockers[1]
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened November 16, 2009
Services
Preceding station   Metro Transit   Following station
toward Big Lake
Northstar Line
Route 888
toward Target Field

Anoka Station is a commuter rail station in Anoka, Minnesota, located at 2718 4th Avenue. It is served by the Northstar Commuter Rail line. The station features bicycle lockers and two park and ride lots. The north lot has 181 spaces and the south lot has 196 spaces, with a total capacity of 377 vehicles. The commute time to downtown Minneapolis from this station is about 32 minutes.[2] The fare to downtown Minneapolis from this station is $3.00 at all times; the fare to and from any other station is $3.00 on weekdays and $2.50 on weekends and holidays.[3][4]

History[edit]

The doubled tracked main line for the BNSF Railway transcontinental railroad travels through Anoka after leaving Minneapolis. It runs parallel to the Mississippi River. The former Northern Pacific Railway and Great Northern Railway parallel main lines form this double track main. Anoka had been served by a station at what is now North Street and North 8th Avenue, the Great Northern Anoka Depot. This depot was designed by noted architect Cass Gilbert,[5] and was roughly 4 blocks east of the current platform. This structure was razed in 1993.

The Minneapolis, Anoka and Cuyuna Range Railway, whose tracks ran along East River Road, also served Anoka. Northern Pacific had four local trains each way serving Anoka in 1921.[6] The last passenger train that stopped at Anoka, the Northern Pacific 3 & 4 trains, were discontinued in 1967.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Metro Transit - Bike Lockers
  2. ^ http://www.metrotransit.org/anoka-station.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.metrotransit.org/fares.aspx#Northstarfares
  4. ^ http://metrotransit.org/TransitArticles/Story.aspx?pageid=18&mid=393&articleid=994
  5. ^ Christen, Barbara S.; Flanders, Steven (2001). Cass Gilbert, Life and Work: Architect of the Public Domain. W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-73065-4. 
  6. ^ Northern Pacific Railway Timetables, April 3, 1921. A M CLELAND Passenger Traffic Manager
  7. ^ INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION REPORT. NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO DISCONTINUANCE OF TRAINS NO 3 AND 4 BETWEEN ST. PAUL, MINN AND JAMESTOWN N. DAK, Deeded September 27, 1967

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