Target Field Station makes debut

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May 18, 2014 // UPDATED 2:20 pm - May 21, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
(VIDEO included) Highlights of the celebration

Community leaders celebrated the grand opening of the Target Field Station on May 17 — a multimodal transit hub and gathering space next to the ballpark.

The $79.3 million station connects passengers to the Hiawatha LRT (Metro Blue Line), the Northstar Commuter line and the Central Corridor (Metro Green Line) beginning June 14. It will also be a stop for the Southwest and Bottineau LRT lines when those projects are completed.

The station is much more than a transit stop. Caribou Coffee is opening soon near the station’s platform and it features a 1,000-seat amphitheater, large sections of green space, a giant video screen where people can watch Twins games and a canopy outfitted with LED lights that change colors. 

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin was instrumental in spearheading the project.

In remarks at the station’s grand opening festivities, he noted how much progress has been made on transit projects in recent years. The Hiawatha LRT line opened in June 2004 and has been considered a major success by many people even though it faced significant skepticism before the line’s trains started running.

“In the last decade this region has made enormous steps forward to create a modern 21st Century transit system,” he said.

Mayor Betsy Hodges said the success of the Hiawatha line has “changed the conversation about transit and mobility in this region for good.”

The Central Corridor (Metro Green Line) has already attracted about $2.5 billion in development, she noted.

“This is an amazing time for transit in our region and our state, and it is very exciting to be part of it,” she said.