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List of Metro (Minnesota) light rail stations

A simple transit diagram with a green line stretching roughly left to right (west to east) and a blue line stretching roughly up to down (north to south).
Map of the current Metro system showing the Blue and Green lines

Metro is a public transportation network consisting of light rail and bus rapid transit services covering the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. The light rail portion of the network, managed by Metro Transit, consists of 37 light rail stations in operation across two lines: the Blue Line, running from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, and the Green Line, connecting downtown Minneapolis with downtown Saint Paul.[1] In 2016, the Blue and Green lines respectively provided approximately 10.3 million and 12.7 million rides for a total of 23 million rides across both lines.[2] By ridership, it is the ninth-largest light rail system in the United States.[3]

Construction on the Blue Line–initially known as the Hiawatha Line–began in 2001.[4] The line opened in two phases in 2004, beginning with a 12-station stretch from the Warehouse District / Hennepin Avenue station through the Fort Snelling station in June. In December, five more stations were opened, continuing service south of Fort Snelling to the Mall of America station.[5] Two additional Blue Line stations opened in late 2009: a new northern terminus at Target Field and the American Boulevard station in Bloomington.[6][7] Construction on the Green Line–initially called the Central Corridor–began in 2010.[8] The line opened in its entirety in June 2014.[9]

Fares for Metro light rail service are the same as those for most Metro Transit bus services and include unlimited transfers to other light rail and bus routes within 2.5 hours from the time a fare is paid.[10] Two exceptions exist for Metro light rail services: fares within (but not between) downtown zones[nb 1] are less expensive than regular fares but may not be transferred; and there is no cost to ride between terminals 1 and 2 at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).[13][14] Many stations connect with rail or bus lines. The Target Field station provides a connection to the Northstar commuter rail line, while the Mall of America station allows for transfers to the Metro Red Line bus rapid transit service. The A Line bus rapid transit line connects with the 46th Street Blue Line station and the Snelling Avenue Green Line stop.[1] Two Metro light rail stations–28th Avenue and Fort Snelling–have designated park and ride lots.[15]

Extensions to both Metro lines are planned. The Blue Line extension would branch northward from the Target Field station, adding 11 stations to the line: two more in Minneapolis, two in Golden Valley, one each in Robbinsdale and Crystal, and five in Brooklyn Park.[16] The Green Line extension would branch west from Target Field station and include 15 new stations: five in Minneapolis, three each in Saint Louis Park and Hopkins, one in Minnetonka, and three in Eden Prairie.[17] The Metropolitan Council estimated in 2017 that the Green Line extension will be open for passenger service in 2021 and the Blue Line extension will be ready for passenger service the following year.[18][19]

Stations

A light rail train with overhead electrification rolls toward the camera in an at-grade rail station.
Target Field station is the northern terminus for both the Green and Blue lines.[1]
An elevated train station crosses a busy road in the background; in the foreground, a silver SUV is parked.
The elevated Lake Street / Midtown station on the Blue Line
An underground center-platform railway station with sandy colored walls and people getting on and off a train on the right side of the image. Taken from the top of an escalator looking down.
The underground Terminal 1–Lindbergh station on the Blue Line
A train sits in a modern railway station in front of a stately stone railway depot on a clear day.
Saint Paul Union Depot, the Green Line's southern terminus
* Downtown fare zone stations
Terminal stations
*† Terminal/downtown fare zone stations
Fare-free airport zone Free airport zone
Lines
Station Lines Jurisdiction Opened References
10th Street*      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [12][20]
28th Avenue      Bloomington December 4, 2004 [21][22]
38th Street      Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23]
46th Street      Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23]
50th Street / Minnehaha Park      Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23]
American Boulevard      Bloomington December 12, 2009 [24]
Bloomington Central      Bloomington December 4, 2004 [22]
Capitol / Rice Street*      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [12][20]
Cedar-Riverside      Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23]
Central*      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [12][20]
Dale Street      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20]
East Bank      Minneapolis June 14, 2014 [20]
Fairview Avenue      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20]
Fort Snelling      Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23]
Franklin Avenue      Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23]
Government Plaza*           Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23][11]
Hamline Avenue      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20]
Lake Street / Midtown      Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23]
Lexington Parkway      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20]
Mall of America      Bloomington December 4, 2004 [22][25]
Nicollet Mall*           Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23][11]
Lexington Parkway      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20]
Prospect Park      Minneapolis June 14, 2014 [20][26]
Raymond Avenue      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20]
Robert Street*      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [12][20]
Saint Paul Union Depot*†      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [12][20]
Snelling Avenue      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20]
Stadium Village      Minneapolis June 14, 2014 [20]
Target Field*†           Minneapolis November 14, 2009 [6][11]
Terminal 1–LindberghFare-free airport zone      MSP Airport[nb 2] December 4, 2004 [14][22]
Terminal 2–HumphreyFare-free airport zone      MSP Airport[nb 2] December 4, 2004 [14][22]
U.S. Bank Stadium*           Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23][11]
VA Medical Center      Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23]
Victoria Street      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20]
Warehouse District / Hennepin Avenue*           Minneapolis June 26, 2004 [23][11]
West Bank      Minneapolis June 14, 2014 [20]
Western Avenue      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20]
Westgate      Saint Paul June 14, 2014 [20][26]

Planned stations

A carless road run approximately perpendicular to another carless road, separated by a boulevard with trees on a sunny, clear day.
The site of the planned Royalston Avenue / Farmers Market station on the extended Green Line in Minneapolis[28]
Station[16][17] Lines Jurisdiction[16][17] Planned opening[18][19]
63rd Avenue      Brooklyn Park 2022
85th Avenue      Brooklyn Park 2022
93rd Avenue      Brooklyn Park 2022
Bass Lake Road      Crystal 2022
Bassett Creek Valley      Minneapolis 2021
Beltline Boulevard      Saint Louis Park 2021
Blake Road      Hopkins 2021
Brooklyn Boulevard      Brooklyn Park 2022
Bryn Mawr      Minneapolis 2021
City West      Eden Prairie 2021
Downtown Hopkins      Hopkins 2021
Golden Triangle      Eden Prairie 2021
Golden Valley Road      Golden Valley 2022
Louisiana Avenue      Saint Louis Park 2021
Oak Grove Parkway      Brooklyn Park 2022
Opus      Minnetonka 2021
Penn Avenue      Minneapolis 2022
Plymouth Avenue / Theodore Wirth Park      Golden Valley 2022
Robbinsdale      Robbinsdale 2022
Royalston Avenue / Farmers Market      Minneapolis 2021
Shady Oak      Hopkins 2021
SouthWest      Eden Prairie 2021
Van White Boulevard      Minneapolis 2022
West 21st Street      Minneapolis 2021
West Lake Street      Minneapolis 2021
Wooddale Avenue      Saint Louis Park 2021

Deferred/cancelled stations

Two additional stations, both in Eden Prairie, were originally included in plans for the Green Line extension. One, Mitchell Road, was cut entirely from plans while another, Eden Prairie Town Center, has been deferred until a later date.[29]

Notes

  1. ^ Minneapolis's downtown zone includes stations from Target Field to U.S. Bank Stadium.[11] Saint Paul's downtown zone consists of stations from Capitol / Rice Street through Saint Paul Union Depot.[12]
  2. ^ a b Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport exists outside the borders of any city.[27]

References

  1. ^ a b c "What is METRO?". Metro Transit. June 19, 2017. Archived from the original on June 26, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ Moore, Janet (January 13, 2017). "Metro Transit sees slight dip in 2016 ridership". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on January 14, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2016" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: American Public Transportation Association. March 3, 2017. pp. 3–4. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ Knudson, Paul T. (June 2009). "Coalition Formation and Metropolitan Contention: An Analysis of the Politics of Light-Rail Transit in the Twin Cities of Minnesota". City & Community. 8 (2): 177–195. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6040.2009.01279.x. 
  5. ^ "Hiawatha Line Returns Rail Service to Minneapolis". Passenger Transport Archive. American Public Transportation Association. July 5, 2004. Archived from the original on July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Gibbons, Bob (November 14, 2009). "Communities celebrate arrival of Northstar Line; daily commuter rail service begins Monday" (Press release). Metro Transit. Archived from the original on March 16, 2010. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  7. ^ Smetanka, Mary Jane (December 9, 2009). "Hiawatha LRT line opens 19th station in Bloomington". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project Facts" (PDF). Metropolitan Council. April 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 19, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ Duchschere, Kevin (June 13, 2014). "St. Paul makes a bet on revival with Green Line light-rail train". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on August 7, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Fares". Metro Transit. Archived from the original on July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f Downtown Minneapolis (PDF) (Map). Metro Transit. March 4, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f Downtown St Paul (PDF) (Map). Metro Transit. March 4, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Downtown Zone is 50¢". Metro Transit. Archived from the original on October 7, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b c "Taking Metro Transit to MSP airport terminals". Metro Transit. Archived from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Park for free then ride the smart way". Metro Transit. Archived from the original on July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b c "Routes and Stations: Connecting Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Golden Valley & Minneapolis". Metropolitan Council. January 2017. Archived from the original on July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b c "Routes and Stations". Metropolitan Council. January 2017. Archived from the original on July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Project Facts: About the Southwest LRT Project". Metropolitan Council. Archived from the original on July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Project Facts". Metropolitan Council. Archived from the original on July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Route: Connecting downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul". Metropolitan Council. Archived from the original on July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  21. ^ Harlow, Tim (March 20, 2015). "Park-and-ride system has plenty of room as usage drops slightly in 2014". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b c d e Wilkins, Craig (December 1, 2004). "Hiawatha LRT to reach final destination on Dec. 4". Newsline. Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on October 7, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Minneapolis ushers in Light Rail era on June 26, cleaner transit options and improved air quality". City of Minneapolis. June 25, 2004. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  24. ^ Pioneer Press staff (December 12, 2009). "New light rail station opening in Bloomington". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  25. ^ "METRO Blue Line Facts". Metropolitan Council. Archived from the original on July 11, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  26. ^ a b "Westgate Station". Metro Transit. Archived from the original on June 17, 2017. 
  27. ^ Section 437.625, Detaching major airport land from city, school district, 2016. Retrieved on July 18, 2017.
  28. ^ "Royalston Avenue/Farmers Market Station". Metropolitan Council. Archived from the original on July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017. 
  29. ^ Dexter, Patty (February 9, 2017). "Eden Prairie's Town Center LRT station recommended for federal funding". Eden Prairie News. Archived from the original on July 22, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017. 

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