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6/28/2004



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Initial portion of Minneapolis' Hiawatha line opens; FTA awards funds for remaining section


On June 26, Minnesota’s Metro Transit officials opened an eight-mile portion of the first phase of the Hiawatha light-rail line and welcomed a $12.3 million grant from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the phase’s second portion.

Officials will use the funds to complete the remaining four miles of the 12-mile system. Scheduled to open in December, the remainder of the line will serve several Minneapolis suburbs.

Once complete, the 17-station line will operate between Minneapolis’ downtown warehouse district to Bloomington, Minn., serving the Metrodome, Minneapolis/St. Paul airport and the Mall of America.


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