Passengers Enjoy Consolidated Fares in the Twin Cities


At a Glance

  • Client(s)
  • Metro Transit (Minneapolis), Metropolitan Council (MetCouncil), Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Project Location(s)
  • Minneapolis
LTK-designed railcarHelping operators of bus, commuter and light rail systems procure compatible equipment. 

The Metro Blue Line began full service in 2004 connecting downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America. Prior to launch, the Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) needed to select and install a new fare collection system that would meet the strategic plans for transit in the region and efficiently serve customers.

In 1999, LTK was selected to provide contract management, alternatives analysis, engineering design, technical specifications, procurement management services, and comprehensive testing oversight for the entire fare collection system for the Hiawatha Corridor light rail transit project. The fare system is compatible with the magnetic ticket-based bus fare collection system used by Metro and 12 other regional service providers.

LTK also worked with regional partners to incorporate bus, light rail and commuter rail fare system equipment procurements into a unified fare collection approach.

With all transportation providers in the region using a single specification, mass transit passengers now have access to an easy-to-use and fully-integrated fare collection system. This reduces confusion and problems for passengers and allows them to more fully use the regional system.