Target Field (Metro Transit station)
|Target Field Station|
A view down upon the Northstar Commuter Rail platform at Target Field Station.
|Address||5th Street & 3rd Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Northstar Line 888
Southwest Corridor (Approved)
Bottineau Boulevard Transitway (Planned)
Red Rock Corridor (Planned)
Northern Lights Express (Planned)
|Connections||At 5th Street Garage:
3, 14, 20, 50, 94, 353, 355, 365, 375, 856
|Platforms||3 Island platforms|
|Tracks||4 (2 for light rail, 2 for Northstar)|
|Opened||November 14, 2009 (light rail)
November 16, 2009 (commuter rail)
June 14, 2014 (The Interchange)
|Owned by||Metro Transit|
|Fare zone||Downtown zone (light rail)|
Target Field Station (formerly known during construction under the names of Minneapolis Intermodal Station, Downtown Minneapolis Ballpark Station and The Interchange) is a multimodal commuter train and light rail station in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Located in the North Loop area of Downtown Minneapolis, the name of the station reflects that of the new Minnesota Twins baseball stadium located next to the station, Target Field. METRO Blue Line light rail service started November 14, 2009; Northstar Line commuter rail service started November 16, 2009; METRO Green Line light rail service started on June 14, 2014. The light rail station platforms run northwest/southeast on the 5th Street North bridge over the commuter rail tracks, while the commuter train platform runs northeast/southwest below at ground level between two tracks. By the commuter platform is a third track on the northwest side that allows freight traffic to bypass the platform tracks. The Northstar commuter rail fares from this station range from $3.00 to $6.00 on weekdays and $2.50 to $5.25 on weekends, depending on the destination.
There are plans to for this station to serve proposed rail services along the Red Rock Corridor, Green Line extension in the Southwest Corridor, and the Blue Line extension along Bottineau Boulevard.
The first railroad tracks in Minneapolis on the west bank of the Mississippi were placed in this location by the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad which later became the Great Northern Railway. The Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and Great Northern Railway laid parallel east/west tracks in this location platted as Dakota Avenue/4th Avenue between 3rd Street North and 5th Street North. The Minneapolis and St. Louis Track was the southern track and the Great Northern track was the northern track. This grade separation was agreed in 1890 after much litigation.
The station is near the sites of two former Minneapolis railroad depots. The first rail depot in downtown Minneapolis was located two blocks east along the same tracks. The Electric Short Line Railway (Luce Line) depot was located at the northwest corner of 7th St. North and 3rd Avenue North. It was shared with the Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Dubuque Electric Traction Company (known as the Dan Patch Line and later the Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railway), as well as the Minneapolis, Anoka and Cuyuna Range Interurban railway. Both sites are now parking lots.
- "Downtown Minneapolis Transit System Map". Metro Transit. December 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-15.[dead link]
- Paul Levy and Joy Powell, Finally, all aboard Northstar rail, Star Tribune, December 10, 2007.
- Hofsommer, Don L. (2005). Minneapolis and the Age of Railways: And the Age of Railways. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0-8166-4501-9.
- Media related to Target Field (Metro Transit station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Metro Transit - Target Field Station
- Downtown Minneapolis Ballpark Station, Northstar Corridor Development Authority (NCDA)