Hiawatha light-rail name to be phased out for Blue Line

  • Article by: Tim Harlow , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2013 - 3:24 PM

Hiawatha LRT to be Blue Line as agency readies more train, bus service.

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pauldeemingMay. 17, 13 9:50 AM

Shades of "Terminal 1" and "Terminal 2"! And will the cost of all these name changes cause the fares to go up? Or maybe it's just the EXCUSE for a fare hike. Most likely.

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playatommieMay. 17, 1310:34 AM

This is why the executives of the line are paid the big bucks!

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mattaudioMay. 17, 1311:03 AM

This is a necessary step as we move towards a system of LRT lines. They will be "interlined" meaning the Green Line will travel from Eden Prairie to St. Paul, and the Blue Line will travel from Brooklyn Park to Mall of America. Thus, we need line names that aren't geographical, since one line covers multiple corridors.

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paige7May. 17, 1311:21 AM

This is a logical change, one which should have been in place from the start. I did notice late this morning, though, that none of the vinyl lettering on the station platforms has been changed yet.... shouldn't you do that before you have a big launch party? "Yay, blue line, pay no attention to all that signage that still says Hiawatha."

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reader818May. 17, 1311:58 AM

Fitting that the Blue Line terminates near the site where the North Stars used to play.

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viqueenfailMay. 17, 1311:59 AM

How is this a "logical change"? How does 'Blue' tell you where the line goes, or where it originates, or anything about it?

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civilbobMay. 17, 1312:05 PM

It ought to be called the "(In the) Red" line since we subsidize it to the tune of 2-1.

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oldmanjonesMay. 17, 1312:08 PM

How is this a "logical change"? How does 'Blue' tell you where the line goes, or where it originates, or anything about it? It is not supposed to tell you where to go. that is what a map is for. Leaving it called 'Hiawatha' will make it even more confusing, since this line will incorporate the Bottineau Line going up to Brooklyn Park.

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mattaudioMay. 17, 1312:11 PM

There will be a destination board just like there always has been with the LRT(MOA, Target Field, etc) and just like there always has been on bus routes (84 - Highland Park/Rosedale etc). But this is a critical change now that we'll have multiple services (some even sharing the same platforms, such as in Downtown Minneapolis). So instead of focusing on the destination board, you can first see the line (route) it's associated with. This is standard stuff for anyone who has ever traveled to another city with good transit, not sure what all the fuss is about.

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tribute24May. 17, 1312:58 PM

This is obviously a necessary change, and I applaud MetroTransit for making it. But: A launch party? Commemorative fare cards? Really? Way to open yourselves up to even more critics who already think you're spending too much money.

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