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9/13/2004



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Minneapolis' Metropolitan Council obtains $32.2 million in FTA funds


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The Federal Transportation Administration recently awarded three grants totaling $32.2 million to help improve transit services in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

Regional planning organization Metropolitan Council will use an $18.4 million grant to fund design services and 24 rail cars already in service on the Hiawatha Corridor light-rail line. Scheduled to be complete in December, the partially open line will extend from the downtown Minneapolis Warehouse District to the southern suburb of Bloomington. The 17-station line will include stops at the Metrodome, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America.

The agency will use the remainder of the grant to fund job access and reverse commute van programs, and purchase buses.


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