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Minneapolis rail interchange receives $10 million in federal funds


A rail interchange project at Target Field in Minneapolis has received $10 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) recently announced.

The funds will be used to help build a new passenger platform, storage and staging tracks and a public plaza at the Target Field rail station in downtown Minneapolis. The interchange serves the Northstar Corridor commuter-rail and Hiawatha light-rail systems, and will serve the Central Corridor and Southwest Corridor light-rail and Northern Lights Express systems when those projects are completed, the senators said in a prepared statement.

“The Target Field Interchange is critical to connecting current and future rail lines and strengthening our state’s transportation network,” Klobuchar said.

The funding will assist the region in creating a multi-modal transportation system, Franken said.

“When it’s completed, the interchange will make it easier for folks to get to and from work, visit downtown stores and restaurants, and attend [Minnesota] Twins games,” he said.

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