Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension): Hopkins
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Southwest LRT (METRO Green Line Extension): Hopkins

September 7, 2019


[MUSIC PLAYING] The Downtown Hopkins
station on Southwest LRT is south of Excelsior
Boulevard, west of 169. Main Street is two blocks north. Customers can get to the
station on new sidewalks and from the regional trail. They can also transfer
from local bus routes at the nearby bus stops at
the intersection of Excelsior Boulevard and 8th street. The existing park
and ride lot will be converted to a public plaza. A small short term parking
lot for passenger drop off and pickup is just
west of 7th Avenue. The public plaza includes
information kiosks and bike racks. The station is located between
the original trail and the car dealership. The platform is between
the two light rail tracks. Signs and signals
let passengers know when it’s safe to
cross the tracks and enter the
station via a ramp. The well lit platform has
ticket vending machines, security cameras, and
an emergency telephone. Passenger waiting
areas have shelters and are covered by canopies. East of Highway 169 and
near the Hopkins depot, the LRT crosses over Excelsior
Boulevard and freight rail on a new bridge. Freight rail will continue
to cross Excelsior Boulevard at street level. Lake Road station is north
of Excelsior Boulevard just west of Blake road
and south of the freight rail tracks. Both LRT and freight
trains cross Blake road at street level, while the
regional trail goes under Blake road in a new trail tunnel. When a train
approaches the station crossing arms and
flashing lights warn motorists on
Blake road to stop. Customers can transfer to
and from local bus routes at the bus stop
near the station. A new 80 space park
and ride lot is located south of the station. The platform is between
the two light rail tracks. Signs and signals let
passengers know when it’s safe to cross the tracks. Passengers can pay their
fair using the card readers at each end of the
platform or buy a ticket at a ticket vending machine. The yellow tactile strip
is a safety feature that alerts passengers to
the edge of the platform. Customers should always
stay behind the strip while waiting for
the next train. For more information
visit swlrt.org.

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