Transportation


Central Corridor Light Rail

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Central Corridor Light Rail

The Central Corridor links five major centers of activity in the Twin Cities region – downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, the Midway area, the state Capitol complex and downtown St. Paul – that contain almost 280,000 jobs. By 2030, this number is expected to grow to 345,000 jobs.  It is expected to open in 2014. Length: 11 miles of exclusive right of way between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. It will connect with the existing Hiawatha line at the Metrodome station and terminate at the Minneapolis multimodal station that will also serve the new Northstar commuter rail line. Trains: 31 new light rail transit vehicles, each with 66 seats and comfortable standing room for an additional 70 people. Stations: 18 new stations, plus five stations shared with the Hiawatha line in downtown Minneapolis. See map of the Central Corridor LRT route. (pdf) Service: Trains operating every 7½ minutes during peak travel periods, with a travel time of 39 minutes between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. Projected Weekday Ridership: Over 40,000 by 2030. Cost: $957 million Timeline: Following final design, the line will be built in 2010-2013 and open in 2014.  ...

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Pedestrian

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Pedestrian

The Union Depot connects pedestrian traffic to the surrounding community.  The renovation design was influenced by public input to improve the pedestrian experience, including: Added non-signalized pedestrian crossings to address concerns about pedestrians’ ability to cross the street safely and conveniently.  This resulted in the loss of some on-street parking, but many people said the tradeoff was worth it. Designed only smooth sidewalk surfaces for improved usability for wheelchair users and people with vision impairments. Simplified station design to improve safety, security, wayfinding, as well as reduced barriers for people with disabilities. New road surface, sidewalk, curb and gutter design  for a uniform look for University Avenue and to reduce standing water on street.  Retained 10-foot sidewalks in most...

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Metro Transit Bus

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Metro Transit Bus

Metro Transit bus service is now operating at the Union Depot Metro Transit is the primary public bus service in the Minneapolis / St. Paul metropolitan area.  Local buses will utilize the Union Depot and connect to a transit system that  averages 260,000 riders a day. Metro Transit also operates the Hiawatha light rail line, the North Star commuter rail, and will operate the future Central Corridor light raile line.  Local bus service connecting the Twin Cities. website...

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Jefferson Lines Bus

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Jefferson Lines Bus

Jefferson Lines at the Union Depot Jefferson Lines is now operating at the Union Depot.  Jefferson Lines is a regional intercity bus service based in Minneapolis, MN, serving 13 states in the central United States. From Jefferson Line’s home in America’s heartland, we connect people with places. Our transportation company provides scheduled service and a full range of group travel services. We earn our customer’s business by understanding what they value and require when traveling with us. Then we provide service that exceeds their expectations. website info@jeffersonlines.com...

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Biking and Bicycle Center

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Biking and Bicycle Center

Nice Ride at the Union Depot There is a Nice Ride bikeshare station right in front of the Union Depot.  Daily subscriptions are $6 + trip fees over 30 minutes.   website One on One Bike Center at the Union Depot OneonOne Bicycle Studio, Inc., has been selected to design and operate a bicycle center on the ground level of Union Depot. The center, with entrances and storefront windows facing Sibley Street, will feature secure bicycle storage, showers and lockers for commuters, bicycle repair and retail services. In addition, they plan to operate a café and art gallery, providing grab-and-go foods for commuters, gourmet soups, sandwiches and organic, fair-trade coffee. Bike Trails The Union Depot is conveniently located near several regional trails, including the Bruce Vento, Sam Morgan and Trout Brook trails and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. St. Paul Bike Maps Commuter Bike Map Bike Parking Bike...

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Amtrak Train

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Amtrak Train

Amtrak Train Service at the Union Depot Service start date (estimated): Late 2013 Amtrak offers train service on 21,200 miles of track connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces.  When the Union Depot open it will have two trains per day linking Chicago. website 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) Updates April 2013 ” The Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority on Tuesday approved a construction agreement with BNSF Railway that will allow work to begin this spring or summer on new signals and tracks needed to bring the passenger rail cars into the recently renovated Lowertown transit hub… ” … train service may start as early as October.” Read...

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