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Hiawatha LRT renamed Blue Line, Green Line nears completion

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The light rail transit line running from downtown Minneapolis to Mall of America in Bloomington is taking on a new identity in preparation for an expansion of LRT routes in the future.

The Hiawatha Line has been rebranded as the METRO Blue Line, the Star Tribune reports.

Destination signs with blue markers to designate the route have been popping up to help riders become familiar with the new name.

Construction on the central corridor light rail line, to be called the METRO Green Line, running between Minnespolis and St. Paul is more than 90 percent completed and is expected to open in 2014.

The Metropolitan council is working on plans to extend both of the light rail lines down the road. The proposed Southwest light rail would connect to the Green Line in downtown Minneapolis and run through Eden Prairie.

An extension of the Blue Line, referred to as the Bottineau Transitway, would travel through the cities of Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park. This route would not only connect with the Blue Line, but also the Green Line and the Northstar commuter rail line near Target Field.

The Red Line, a bus service along Cedar Ave from Bloomington to Eagan, Apple Valley and Lakeville, begins June 22.

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