Downtown East (Metro Transit station)

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Downtown East
Downtown East light rail station with train.jpg
Downtown East light rail station with southbound Blue Line train
Station statistics
Address 429 Park Ave South
Coordinates 44°58′30″N 93°15′36″W / 44.9750°N 93.2600°W / 44.9750; -93.2600Coordinates: 44°58′30″N 93°15′36″W / 44.9750°N 93.2600°W / 44.9750; -93.2600
Line(s)
Connections Route 3
Platforms Side platforms
Other information
Opened June 26, 2004
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Metro Transit
Fare zone Downtown zone
Services
Preceding station   Metro Transit   Following station
toward Target Field
Blue Line
toward Target Field
Green Line
toward Union Depot

The Downtown East (formerly Downtown East/Metrodome) station is a light rail station on the METRO Blue Line and Green Line in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The station, located where the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome plaza used to be at the east end of downtown Minneapolis, is a side-platform station. Service began at this station when the Blue Line opened on June 26, 2004.

A major feature of the site is the set of ornamental arches that stand next to the station. They are meant to reflect the Stone Arch Bridge, a major landmark of the city that crosses the Mississippi River a few blocks away.[1] The patterns in the brickwork are meant to reflect fabric designs worn by 19th century immigrants in the Elliot Park neighborhood.[1]

The station is normally not busy except for weekend sporting events at the Dome, when large crowds are lined up. It would take up to an hour for the platforms to return to normal after a big game.

The station was also considered to be the main stop for students traveling to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, as a few frequent bus routes run to campus nearby. The METRO Green Line light rail runs between Minneapolis and St. Paul and now provides a direct connection to the university.

East of this station, past the crossing of 4th Street and Chicago Avenue, trains enter the segment of the line where automatic block signaling (ABS) is used. In contrast, light rail vehicles must obey stop lights in the downtown region. The rail line uses a system of lights which display either vertical or horizontal white bars to the train operator.

Notable places nearby[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Millett, Larry (2007). AIA Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 74. ISBN 0-87351-540-4. 

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