Updated: 08/20/2014 5:59 AM
Created: 08/19/2014 6:35 PM KSTP.com
By: Joe Augustine
Fair employees call it the "supergate." The renovated gate 16 will serve as a grand entrance to the fairgrounds when the Minnesota State Fair starts Thursday.
A projected one-third of the crowd is expected to enter and exit through that gate, which is also right next to the new transit hub.
The transit hub will be the designated drop-off and pick-up zone for anyone taking Metro Transit or the park-and-ride system.
"The idea of this is to relieve bottleneck," Jerry Hammer, General Manager of the State Fair, said.
Hammer hopes the renovations and the addition of the green line train will ease congestion along Como Avenue on the south side of the fairgrounds.
In the past, buses shared that space with cars, pedestrians and livestock trailers.
Hammer expects the horseshoe-shaped transit hub to reduce the number of buses turning across busy intersections and crosswalks.