First train on central corridor light rail line makes slow moving debut


The long-awaited central corridor light rail line, or Green Line, won't be open to riders until next year, but a single light rail vehicle made its first trip from Minneapolis to St. Paul on Sunday, the Pioneer Press reports.

"It's just so nice to see a train out," Teresa Boardman, a real estate agent and blogger who has been following the light rail construction, told the newspaper.

"That's a good-looking train!" add Mike Hatzistamoulos, owner of Best Steak House on University Avenue and Victoria Street. "It looks beautiful! I took a picture. It was the last thing I expected to see."

A sole railcar was pulled along the 11-mile stretch at walking speeds so crews could verify clearance for the light rail line vehicles.

Once trains are running on their own power, the trip will take about 39 minutes.

Officials plan to begin regular test runs on the Green Line later this year, according to KSTP -- which has video of Sunday's inaugural trip below:

The project is 92 percent complete, according to the Metropolitan Council's website. Service is slated to begin sometime in 2014.

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