Downtown East / Metrodome (Metro Transit station)

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Downtown East/Metrodome
Downtown East light rail station with train.jpg
Downtown East / Metrodome 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)
  Green Line starting 2014
Connections Routes 3, 16 and 50,
Megabus route M2 stop one block away
Platforms Side platforms
Other information
Opened June 26, 2004
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Metro Transit
Fare zone Downtown zone
Services
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Preceding station   Metro Transit   Following station
toward Target Field
Blue Line
    Planned    
toward Target Field
Green Line
Metrodome Light Rail Station.jpg
Downtown East light rail station in Minneapolis with stone arches and skyline

The Downtown East/Metrodome station is a light rail station on the METRO Blue Line and Green Line in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the fifth stop southbound.

The station, located on the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome plaza 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]

Posters from Metro Transit advertising safety consciousness and a prepaid travel card.

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

The platforms are also considered to be the main stop for students traveling to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, as a few frequent bus routes to campus run nearby. The METRO Green Line light rail will run between Minneapolis and St. Paul and will provide a direct connection to the university starting in 2014.

East of the Metrodome 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.

Panorama of Downtown East light rail station, downtown Minneapolis, and associated bus station

Notable places nearby[edit]

Construction on Vikings Stadium as of April 14, 2014, looking east from Downtown East light rail station

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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