On the busy Pride weekend in Loring Park, the Hiawatha light-rail line will be closed in downtown Minneapolis and replaced with buses. From 6:30 p.m. Friday until 3:30 a.m. Monday, Route 55 buses will run in place of the trains between the Target Field and Franklin Avenue stations because of maintenance, Metro Transit announced.
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Hiawatha Light Rail closed this weekend for maintenance projects
Buses will subsite the light rail route between Target Field and Franklin Avenue starting Friday evening. Metro Transit is warning commuters buses will take longer than the train. The light rail is expected to resume full service early Monday morning.
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Drivers and rail passengers will have to continue using alternate routes as repairs continue indefinitely on the Martin Olav Sabo pedestrian and bicycle bridge that spans the route. Fox 9 reports crews are still trying to stabilize the bridge. The city's transportation director tells the station that every time workers touch one part of the bridge, something else happens.
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