COMMUNITY VOICES | Hiawatha Line opened 10 years ago


On June 26, 2004, the Hiawatha Line, the first new rail transit line built in the twin cities, opened with free rides and many activities. The line opened fifty years after the last street car line closed in Minneapolis, and just months after a long transit strike.

One hundred thousand people rode the line that first weekend and people waited for an hour or more to ride the first trains. Here is a look back at that opening day, ten years ago.