Metro Blue Line (Hiawatha Light Rail

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  • Owner: Metro Transit
  • Location: Hennepin County Minnesota
  • Contract Value: $13 Million

The METRO Blue Line (formerly called the Hiawatha Line) is Minnesota's first light-rail transit line, a 12 mile line connecting three of the Twin Cities’ most popular destinations — downtown Minneapolis, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America in Bloomington.
• Line consists of 19 stations, all stations feature ramps and tactile edges and stations on bridges having elevators, making it fully ADA compliant
• Total project budget was $715.3 million with largest share of funds coming from federal appropriations and grants
• Heavy construction began in 2002 and ended in 2004
• More than 15,000 tons of rail were required for the project
• 21,250 cubic yards of concrete performed by THOR Construction
• 9" thick roadways with 11" thick intersections

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