West Bank (Metro Transit station)

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West Bank
West Bank (Metro Transit station).JPG
West Bank station under construction
Coordinates 44°58′19″N 93°14′49″W / 44.9718447°N 93.2469698°W / 44.9718447; -93.2469698Coordinates: 44°58′19″N 93°14′49″W / 44.9718447°N 93.2469698°W / 44.9718447; -93.2469698
Owned by Metro Transit
Line(s)
Platforms Island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Regular routes: 2, 3, 7, 22, 121, 122, 144.
University of Minnesota commuter routes: 111, 113, 114, 115, 118, 152, 252, 272, 355U, 465, 475, 579, 652, 680, 685, 690, 695, 697, 698, 699, 789.[1]
Construction
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened June 14, 2014
Traffic
Passengers (projected 2030) 1,170 per weekday[1]
Services
Preceding station   Metro Transit   Following station
toward Target Field
Green Line
toward Union Depot

West Bank is a light rail station along the METRO Green Line in Minneapolis. It serves the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota, as well as the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Construction in the vicinity began in 2010,[2] and the station opened with the rest of the line in 2014. It is the westernmost station only served by Green Line trains. The next station to the west, U.S. Bank Stadium Station, has been served by the Blue Line since it opened in 2004.

Location[edit]

The station is located west of the Washington Avenue Bridge, extending from Cedar Avenue to slightly east of 19th Avenue.[3]

The station is located on Hennepin County Road 122, an unsigned continuation of Washington Avenue SE. Washington Avenue originally ran straight east-west across the Mississippi River when the first bridge for the road was built in 1884. However, the current bridge was constructed in the 1960s at a slight angle to the southwest, causing Washington Avenue to become discontinuous.

Washington Avenue S itself is located a block to the north, and has its eastern terminus on the West Bank at 19th Avenue, leading into the University of Minnesota Law School.

Design and layout[edit]

Because the station is in a sunken corridor, stairways and elevators were installed at Cedar Avenue and 19th Avenue to reach the platform. This is unlike other Green Line stations, which do not feature vertical pedestrian movement. The station was designed with an island platform to minimize the number of stairs and elevators needed.

Art[edit]

Art for the station was created by artist Nancy Blum. The work is titled (Im)migration.[4]

Made out of stainless steel that clings to the facade of the structure, the work features migratory birds that use the Mississippi as a migratory flyway. Wire mesh that clads the station structure contain patterns that reflect the immigrant communities that have established themselves in the West Bank area, both through the Ceder Riverside neighborhood and the University of Minnesota.[4]

Services and connections[edit]

The station is served by METRO Green Line. To connect to buses, users have to either go up a level to Cedar Avenue or cross the street to an access ramp on Washington Avenue.

From Cedar Avenue, the station is served by routes 7 and 22. From Washington Avenue, the station is served by routes 2 and 3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "West Bank Station". Central Corridor. Metropolitan Council. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://metrotransit.org/TransitArticles/Story.aspx?pageid=18&mid=393&articleid=122
  3. ^ "Central Corridor light rail illustrated plans". Central Corridor. Metropolitan Council. June 28, 2010. Archived from the original on September 7, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Metro Transit Public Art Program: West Bank Station". Metro Transit. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 

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