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Hiawatha Light Rail Transit Line

The Hiawatha LRT connects downtown Minneapolis with the Mall of America and the international airport.
Project Highlights 
  • L.K. Comstock installed most of the systems work
  • RailWorks Track Systems constructed the track infrastructure
  • HSQ Technology supplied and integrated the control software and SCADA systems
Transit & Systems
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Business Unit 
L.K. Comstock National Transit
RailWorks Track Systems
HSQ Technology
Project Description 

This LRT “new start” project featured an 11.6-mile light rail line linking downtown Minneapolis with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America.

Project Scope 

RailWorks performed a range of construction services, totaling one-third of the total project value:

  • L.K. Comstock installed most of the systems work, including train signaling, communications, central control, traction power and OCS.
  • HSQ Technology supplied and integrated central control facility software and equipment and communications system equipment, including CCTV, radio, tunnel radio, PA readerboards, telephone, emergency and SCADA systems.
  • RailWorks Track Systems installed the double-track line and the track in the maintenance yard, including dual block track through the 9,000-foot twin-bore tunnel, direct fixation track on an aerial deck, and concrete-embedded track through the downtown and the Mall of America.
Unique Features 

The double-track line runs at grade and has 17 stations. RailWorks served as an exclusive subcontractor to MNTC.

Other Participants 
Engineer: Parsons Transportation Group Edwards and Kelcey, Inc.