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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
Minneapolis, MN
Met Transit, MN DOT
RailWorks Business Unit 
L.K. Comstock National Transit
RailWorks Track Systems
HSQ Technology

The HLRT was a “new start” project featuring an 11.6-mile light rail line linking downtown Minneapolis with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America.


RailWorks companies 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.