Hiawatha light-rail line attracts low wage workers

James Nord

Low wage workers received a boon in the form of the Hiawatha light-rail line, according to a University of Minnesota study released Tuesday.

A low wage worker is someone earning $1,200 or less, monthly; roughly 900 low wage workers have moved near certain stations on the Hiawatha line.

The transit corridor has allowed access to roughly 14,000 additional low income jobs reachable in fewer than 30 minutes during peak morning hours since its opening, a 50 percent increase. The line has also attracted about 5,000 low income employers near station areas, according to the study.