Updated: 05/18/2014 9:05 PM
Created: 05/17/2014 11:55 AM KSTP.com
By: Heidi Enninga
The new Target Field Light Rail Station opened to the public on Saturday afternoon with the first train's departure.
From the new station, Metro Transit riders will be able to catch a light rail train or a bus, and also shop, dine or hang out in the park.
The grand opening ceremony began at 3 p.m. with the first train departing about five minutes later. The event runs until the Twins game.
The $85 million Target Field Station, also known as the Interchange, will serve as a central, multi-modal transportation hub and community gathering space in downtown Minneapolis.
Located next to Target Field, connected to the North Loop neighborhood and adjacent to the historic Warehouse District, the station connects the region’s light rail transit network, and miles of bike and walking trails. Visitors are be able to access daily bus operations that connect the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.
The station was a project of Hennepin County, the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, and the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.
Target Field Station has been a continual collaborative effort between Hennepin County, Knutson Construction, and Perkins Eastman.