Airport – Terminal 1-Lindbergh (Metro Transit station)

Airport – Terminal 1-Lindbergh (Metro Transit Station)


Airport – Terminal 1-Lindbergh (Metro Transit station)

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The Airport–Lindbergh Terminal light rail station is on the Hiawatha Line in the Twin Cities region of the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is the only underground station on the Hiawatha Line, and is located 70 feet (20 meters) below ground level under the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) Transit Center. The fourteenth stop southbound, it is a center-platform station and is typically accessed by escalator or elevator. Service began at the site when the second phase of the Hiawatha Line opened on December 4, 2004.

The Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport serves about 34 million passengers annually and is the third largest hub for Delta Air Lines. Because of this, the Lindbergh Terminal Station is one of the most important on the line. The Hiawatha line creates a direct connection between the airport, downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America.

The location of this station directly below a major airport makes it unique. The tunnel and the station both had to be carefully designed to meet Federal Aviation Administration safety requirements. Passengers can access this station from the Transit Center, which is reached by either taking a people-mover (called a "tram" locally) from the ground-transportation level of the main terminal, or by exiting from the skyway security checkpoint.

This station was excavated after the two main tunnel tubes were constructed with a tunnel boring machine (though cut and cover was used near the ends of the...
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