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$25 million renovation underway at MOA transit station

Lighting and access improvements installed by late 2019

August 03, 2018 - 5:08 am

Renovation of the state's busiest transit hub is finally underway.

The Mall of America's transit center is getting a $25 million upgrade, with groundbreaking taking place on Thursday.

"This new station will improve efficiency, it will improve safety, will be easier to get in and out of," said Metropolitan Council Chair Alene Tchourumoff.

Officials say the new transit center will have improved lighting, a family restroom and a new police substation.

It will also have a dedicated entrance for bus traffic, which is expected to cut down on traffic delays.

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The transit station, one story below the ground floor of the mall's east side parking ramp, is the terminus for the Light Rail blue line and several bus routes.

Officials say the station has nearly 6,000 boardings every day.

This is the first major overhaul for the Megamall's transit station in 25 years.

Light rail service started at the station in 2004.

Documents from the city of Bloomington for the original renovation proposal called the station "functionally obsolete."

Money for the project is coming from the city of Bloomington and the Met Council, along with state bonding money and federal grants.

The County Transit Improvement Board raised its share of the cost thbrough a local transit sales tax.

Construction is expected to be complete in late 2019.

Orginal plans had the upgrades in place before Super Bowl LII, but funding wasn't secured in time.

 

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