Skip to main content

Date set for start of light rail service between downtowns

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

After years of work and millions of dollars, light rail service along the 11-mile corridor between Minneapolis and St. Paul is set to begin on Saturday, June 14, Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh announced on Wednesday.

A press release from the Met Council details the opening. The new line will link Union Depot in St. Paul’s Lowertown to the State Capitol complex, Midway, University of Minnesota and Target Field. As the region’s second light rail line, the Green Line will connect to the Blue Line (Hiawatha) at the Downtown East Station in Minneapolis.

The Business Journal reports the line will run from 4 a.m. to about 1 a.m. daily, with service every ten minutes during the day and every 10 to 15 minutes during the evening. A trip between the Nicollet Mall Station in Minneapolis and the Central Station in St. Paul is expected to take about 40 minutes.

The Pioneer Press reports that the Green Line's opening comes after years of intense scrutiny and multiple lawsuits from business owners, the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Public Radio, which were concerned about the impact of construction or track vibrations on their operations. None of the lawsuits were successful in halting construction. Test runs for the trains in downtown St. Paul in December provided a preview of the operation.

The grand opening in June will include the requisite speeches and ribbon cuttings, with festivities planned at new stops. Metro Transit will offer free rides on the Green Line and all other rail and bus routes June 14-15. The opening will come nearly six months earlier than required by the Federal Transit Administration, which is funding half the $957 million project and will allow the line to be in business well in advance of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Target Field in July.

The Met Council release notes that the project created 5,445 construction jobs, and the Green Line will generate 177 permanent operations and maintenance jobs for downtown St. Paul. Several communities along the line in St. Paul plan to use the transit system as a way to attract visitors and spur redevelopment.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-11-30 at 9.27.45 AM

Fundraiser created for family-owned Cô Tu' Oriental Cuisine after shooting

Support from the community will go towards medical expenses and overhead costs for the restaurant.

Erica Shameka Roberts

Police: Minnesota murder suspect arrested in Texas

Erica Roberts has been on the run since March.

JackknifedSemisI35

Jackknifed semis close I-35 northbound near Faribault

There are icy conditions across Minnesota

court room

Red Lake man gets 12 years for murder of his cousin

Charges state the man beat the victim with a metal cabinet and its drawers.

Snow covering cars in Twin Cities

How much snow fell in Minnesota on Tuesday?

More than eight inches fell in parts of the Twin Cities.

26136405486_58b42ceec7_k

Runways shut down at MSP Airport due to heavy snow

Some spots in the Twin Cities could see up to 8 inches of snow on Tuesday.

Sourced_Q4_229260_A (1)

2PinkSquirrels - making memories with milkshakes

First Time Guests Get BOGO milkshakes starting December 1st and running through December 15th

SamBrinton

Government official accused of stealing luggage at MSP Airport

Charges state Sam Brinton stole luggage with its contents valued at over $2,000.

Related