Officials: Central Corridor project meeting minority hiring goals

Nearly 19 percent of rail workers are minorities and nearly 10 percent are females. The report comes shortly after the contractor that built the Hiawatha light rail line was fined millions of dollars for falsifying claims about its hiring diversity.
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Nearly 19 percent of rail workers are minorities and nearly 10 percent are females. The report comes shortly after the contractor that built the Hiawatha light rail line was fined millions of dollars for falsifying claims about its hiring diversity.

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