Media Kit » Try RailPrime™ Today! »
Progressive Railroading
Newsletter Sign Up
Stay updated on news, articles and information for the rail industry

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

View Current Digital Issue »


Rail News Home Rail Industry Trends


Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Minneapolis' Hiawatha ridership still on the rise


Minneapolis’ Hiawatha light-rail line continues to exceed initial ridership projections. After opening the line’s second phase in early December, operator Metro Transit recorded 512,800 light-rail trips. An additional 87,500 free rides were provided during the weekend of Dec. 4, when the agency celebrated its new service to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Bloomington and the Mall of America.

December weekday ridership averaged 19,200 passengers; agency officials didn’t expect to reach that average until mid-2005.

Since the first phase of the 12-mile, 17-station line opened in late June, 2.9 million passengers have used the service — 106 percent more than originally projected.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

More News from 1/19/2005