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Transportation 'Key' as Minneapolis Prepares for Super Bowl LII

April 19, 2017 06:21 PM

It's still several months before Super Bowl 52 comes to Minneapolis, but Metro Transit leaders are already starting to lay out how they'll deal with the downtown crowds.

Metro Transit admits they've come a long way since the opening weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium, and now they're using what they've learned to prepare for an even bigger event. Between trains and buses, Metro Transit will be all hands on deck for the 10-day event.

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"Transportation is going to be key," said Howie Padilla, spokesperson for Metro Transit. 

Padilla said a trip to Houston for this year's Super Bowl opened the eyes of Metro Transit staff to some of the challenges in handling big crowds. For Super Bowl 51 in Houston, organizers said more than one million people attended some component of Super Bowl festivities during the 10 day time period. 

"It changed our perspective, it's all about what happens before that," Padilla said. 

Unlike the last two host cities, US Bank Stadium is located directly downtown.

"Challenges of course, you have a lot of people in a smaller footprint," Padilla said. 

Padilla said Metro Transit will be training staff and others to serve as "ambassadors" to help people find their way around the metro.

"From the airport, to the stadium, to the events, and back to the airport they're great. We're going to have to have that same collaboration," Padilla said. 

Often times when the ride schedule is interrupted, Metro Transit will post updates on social media to explain how to get to a destination the fastest. Officials said that Twitter and Facebook will be utilized a great deal during Super Bowl festivities.

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