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12/7/2004



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Metro Transit opens next phase of Minneapolis' Hiawatha line


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Last weekend, Minneapolis’ Metro Transit opened the second segment of the Hiawatha light-rail line. The segment extends service four miles to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, the city of Bloomington and Mall of America.

Between Saturday and Sunday, 87,500 passengers rode along the full 12-mile alignment, which provides service to 17 stations. The $715.3 million line’s first phase opened in June.

The second phase includes two underground tunnels serving the airport. The $110 million, 1.8-mile tunnels are the longest in the state, according to engineering firm HNTB Corp., which managed the tunnel project.

Located 65 feet under ground, the tunnels link the airport to downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America, and include Lindbergh Terminal station, which links the station and airport terminal.


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