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The Mall of America station is the busiest[1] transit hub/station in Minnesota, with bus and light rail service linking the Mall of America to many destinations in the MinneapolisSt. Paul metro. Public transit service is provided by Metro Transit and the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority. The station is served by METRO Blue Line and Red Line. Many area hotels and Mystic Lake Casino offer free shuttles to their establishments.

Mall of America
Metro Minnesota icon.svg Metro light rail station
Mall of America station.jpg
Coordinates44°51′15″N 93°14′32″W / 44.85417°N 93.24222°W / 44.85417; -93.24222
Owned byMetro Transit
Line(s)Metro Minnesota icon.svg  Blue Line 
Metro Minnesota icon.svg  Red Line 
PlatformsIsland platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsMetro Transit routes 5, 54, 415, 515, 538, 539, 540, and 542
MVTA routes 444 and 495
Construction
Disabled accessYes
History
OpenedDecember 4, 2004 (Blue Line)
June 22, 2013 (Red Line)
Services
Preceding station Metro Minnesota icon.svg Metro Following station
28th Avenue Blue Line Terminus
Terminus Red Line Cedar Grove

A $25 million upgrade to the station is currently underway with a Fall 2019 completion date. [2]

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Location and designEdit

The transit station for local bus/rail service is in the lower level of the eastern parking ramp. The station was built in the early 1990s.[2]

It has a utilitarian design with basic finishes. Met Council member Steve Elkins said in a council meeting, “It’s just dark and dank, and not really safe or inviting.” [2]

METRO serviceEdit

The mall is the southern terminus of the METRO Blue Line and is the northern terminus of the METRO Red Line. The Blue Line light rail connects the mall to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport and downtown Minneapolis, while the Red Line connects the mall to Eagan and Apple Valley.

Commuter trafficEdit

The mall is not a park and ride facility. Overnight parking is banned to prevent passengers from parking to take the train to the airport. Commuters are required to use the nearby 28th Avenue Station's parking ramp.

Proposed upgradeEdit

The Mall of America Transit Station is undergoing reconstruction to increase efficiency and capacities, and to provide a better experience for its users.[3] A Minnesota Senate publication during the 2015-2016 legislative session called the station functionally obsolete.[1][4] The station currently has no external signage or identity. Renderings published by the Minnesota Senate show an external presence outside the parking lot.[1]

The proposed station would improve station amenities, its aesthetic appeal and the visitor experience. The upgrade also would provide clear and convenient pedestrian access.[1] The improvements will also enable buses to enter the station more easily.[4]

Estimates for the upgrade are approximately $25 million. The new station currently projected to be finished in Fall, 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Mall of America Transit Station" (PDF). Senate.MN. Minnesota Senate. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Moore, Janet (28 November 2015). "Plans to upgrade MOA transit station fall short financially". Star Tribune. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  3. ^ Reilly, Mark (30 November 2015). "Who'll pay for Mall of America transit upgrade? Not MOA". Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b Van Berkel, Jessie (20 June 2015). "Short- and long-term changes planned for Red Line BRT". Star Tribune. Retrieved 4 November 2016.