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Light Rail Closes, Trains Become More Crowded

Maintenance work will shut down the entire length of the light-rail Hiawatha line from 2 a.m. to noon Saturday, reported the Pioneer Press.

As compensation for riders, Metro Transit buses will operate more frequently during this time. However riders need to be aware that the bus takes longer than train rides, Metro Transit said.

The Star Tribune said the shutdown will allow crews to make software enhancements to improve train operations between stations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International's main terminal and the Humphrey Terminal.

Crews also will test fire suppression equipment in the tunnels at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and at Minnehaha Park.

Additional closures will take place next week at the Downtown East/Metrodome station from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday until 3:30 a.m. Sunday for platform maintenance.