Klobuchar Unveils $10M Interchange For Downtown Mpls.

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(credit: Metro Transit)

(credit: Metro Transit)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar revealed details for a new transportation interchange in downtown Minneapolis Thursday morning, as well as a way to help pay for it.

Klobuchar, with city and county officials, announced $10 million in federal support for the construction of an interchange near Target Field for light rail, commuter rail and bus service.

People on trains, buses, cars, bikes and pedestrians would all converge at the new facility, scheduled to be finished by the time the Central Corridor line is completed in 2014.

“You can’t have a thriving business sector without the infrastructure to support it,” said Klobuchar. “And when you see this area right here and look at work done you literally can see the future. It’s been projected by the year 2030 those 40,000 commuter who are going to rely on this interchange. I think it has been much more popular than people imagined.”

The interchange will also include a two-level parking ramp and a new light rail platform.

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