June 26, 2004, is opening day for Phase 1 of the 12-mile Hiawatha line, 12 stations between the warehouse district in downtown Minneapolis and Fort Snelling.
In December 2004, Phase 2 will open, extending the line to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and the Mall of America for a total of 17 stations.
A weekday average of 20,000 daily trips is expected by mid-2005; half will be combined with bus service.
Forty-six bus routes will tie into LRT by December 2004.
LRT service (all all stops)
- Every 7.5 minutes during peak hours
- Every 15 minutes off-peak weekday
- Every 20 minutes nights, weekends
LRT park & rides
- 600 spaces, 28th and Bloomington
- 900 spaces, Fort Snelling
Lake Street enhancements
With the debut of LRT, the 53 bus will begin limited stop service across Lake Street.
The route will ultimately serve the Lake Street LRT station, the Midtown Exchange complex being developed on the former Sears site at Chicago Ave., and a planned express bus station at 1-35W.