Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Platform work to hamper Hiawatha Line weekend service

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Minneapolis’s Hiawatha Line light rail service will be closed this weekend as Metro Transit works to lengthen station platforms along much of the route to accommodate three-car LRT trains. Crews will also be adjusting signals and safety items at grade crossings to compensate for and accommodate the longer train consists.

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Metro Transit will offer substitute bus service between Mall of America and 46th Street, or roughly the southern half of the 12-mile line, beginning 11:00 p.m. Friday, June 26, running until 3:30 a.m. Monday, June 29, and provide staff to direct customers to alternate transportation. Travelers are warned that travel times will be longer.

Hiawatha LRT notched 10.2 million riders in 2008, up 12.3% from 2007. The line is being extended to interface with planned Northstar regional rail service; sister city St. Paul’s Central Corridor LRT line, now in advanced planning, also will connect with the existing LRT route.