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Metro targets Somalian-speaking riders

Minneapolis’ Metro Transit soon will be able to accommodate more foreign-language-speaking passengers when Somalian is programmed into 88 ticketing machines.

Recent census data showed more than 4,000 Somali immigrants live within one mile of Metro’s lines. The $117,000 project will add a fourth language to the machines; English, Spanish and Hmong already are available.

The ticketing machines are part of a contract Metro Transit awarded to Cubic Corp. last year to provide regional ticketing systems that accept smart cards for fare payment on the agency’s light-rail, rapid transit and bus system.

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More News from 3/3/2003