Rail platform extension project begins
The Hiawatha Line has been popular with commuters – in fact, for the first time the line surpassed 10 million rides in 2008. In the future, we plan to operate three-car trains to help keep up with demand.
That’s why construction crews are extending platforms to accommodate three-car trains at 10 stations along the Hiawatha Line.
During construction, the Park & Ride lot nearest the rail platform at 28th Avenue Station is temporarily closed. That lot is being used as a staging area for construction equipment. Please use the parking ramp at this station or the lot northeast of the rail platform.
Customers should expect to see restricted access to ends of platforms as construction crews complete their work. There will be some weekend closures of stations to accommodate heavier construction. Look for Rider Alerts at stations prior to these closures.
Also note that crews will be upgrading signal equipment to improve the reverse operation of trains through crossings. Construction is expected to last until March 2010.