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American and Thunderbird

American & Thunderbird Station

American & Thunderbird - Station Plan PDF
Station Consideration Planned Condition*
American & Thunderbird
Platform location

Southbound: Nearside of Thunderbird on southeast corner
Nearside has adequate platform length available at existing stop and is preferred for compatibility with any potential future Mall of America-related redevelopment.

Northbound: Farside of Thunderbird on northwest corner
Farside has adequate platform length available and is preferred to maximize transit signal priority potential.

*Final conditions to be developed during the engineering/design process.

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American & Thunderbird Station. Northbound far side Thunderbird Road on American Boulevard. Southbound near side Thunderbird Road on American Boulevard.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Station spacing

Southbound: About 0.6 mi to Mall of America Transit Center
Slightly longer station spacing than guidelines due to surrounding land use and ridership patterns concentrated at the Mall of America terminal.

Northbound: About 0.5 mi to American & Bloomington
Within guidelines of about half-mile station spacing.

Existing ridership within
a block, or about 1/8 mile
(Fall 2016)

About 30 boardings per weekday

Platform location compared
to existing bus stop
Southbound and northbound: At existing bus stop
Connecting service Routes 515, 540, and 542
Parking changes

Southbound and northbound: No changes

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Curb configuration

Southbound and northbound: No bumpout; maintain existing curbline

Platform length

Southbound and northbound: 60’ platform

Platforms will be designed to accommodate a 60’ BRT vehicle.

Planning consideration: Shared station with future American Boulevard rapid bus service


Design considerations: Southbound nearside platform location

  • There is long-term potential for the Mall of America to expand into the parcel immediately south of this planned platform, in addition to the removal of the southbound right turn lane from American onto Thunderbird.