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12/14/2004



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Minneapolis' Hiawatha line carries 135,000 passengers in first full week



During the first full week of operation since the full alignment opened Dec. 4, Minneapolis’ Hiawatha light-rail line carried 135,100 passengers.

Between Dec. 6 and Dec. 12, the Hiawatha line carried 99,600 weekday passengers and 35,500 weekend passengers.

Earlier this month, Metro Transit officials opened the line’s final four-mile, five-station segment, which serves the city of Bloomington, Mall of America and Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. The first phase of the 12-mile, 17-station line opened in late June. Since then, 2.2 million passengers have used the service — 91 percent more than the original projection.

In November, average weekly ridership totaled 90,600 passengers. During the past five months, morning rush-hour ridership has continued to increase. Last month, Metro Transit recorded 57,400 morning rush-hour riders — a 34 percent increase compared with July.


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