MINNEAPOLIS — Metro Transit is set to begin an 11-day shutdown of its light rail system in the downtown area for a maintenance project that includes replacing sections of tracks, upgrading switches, and repairing concrete and overhead wires, the StarTribune reports.
Large “Rider Alert” signs were posted at light-rail platforms to inform riders of what will be the longest disruption in service since trains began operating in 2004, which will impact commuting routines for 16,000 passengers that board or alight daily at four stations: Government Plaza, Nicollet Mall, Hennepin/Warehouse, and Target Field.
The rail shutdown coincides with a big road construction project on Interstate 94 as part of a larger project that has the freeway down to two lanes in each direction between downtown and Brooklyn Center. It also comes as Minneapolis hosts several large events, including the Twin Cities Pride Festival and the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships. For the full story, click here.