Check out this awesome time-lapse tour of the Central Corridor [VIDEO]

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A St. Paul photographer who posts on the Eccentric Aspects blog (he doesn't disclose his name) recently published a really cool time-lapse video he shot while walking the entire length of the Green Line in mid-November.

RELATED: Green Line test trains now running down University Avenue [IMAGES]

The clip gives you a taste of what the scenery will look like riding from downtown to downtown once the Green Line opens for business sometime next summer.

Without further ado, here it is:



For an in-depth account of the photographer's methods and gear, check out his blog post about the project.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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Kelly Moser Ascheman
Kelly Moser Ascheman

I only wish it was around when I was in college. I would have ridden that bugger every day.

Tweak Reneker
Tweak Reneker

dam the ride goes from day to night, I kno it might b a bit long, but it aint that long of a ride

Tim Menard
Tim Menard

Very COOL!!! ... Zoomed past places I've lived, worked, hung out at ..... makes me very homesick. I'd like that tour at regular speed!!!!

iamjmw
iamjmw

@room34 I just realized I could take both trains to work. I'll stick with my 15 minute commute, but still, that's pretty cool.

Tim White
Tim White

I think this line will have numerous unintended (or ignored) consequences. It's running through a far denser area than Hiawatha, and has already profoundly disrupted the adjoining neighborhoods. Still, hopeful for its future, and relieved to be rid of the 16.

Timothy Diez
Timothy Diez

ha! I know that dude :) Nice job getting in city pages, ****!

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

I am the biggest train fan nerd in Minnesota. I literally chase trains when bored and take photos of them and post them online to share with other train nerds and even I admit these attempted revivals at passenger service are totally moronic! How many years did it take for railroads to get rid of passenger lines to make a profit? Now the state thinks they can step in and make a profit....LOL They're idiots. Northstar is already a money pit. There is a reason BNSF makes the city buy and then rent back to them any rail a commuter will travel on. BNSF knows there is no money in passenger service so they'll pass the maintenance cost to the cities while being guaranteed service for less money

Todd Pernsteiner
Todd Pernsteiner

Cool video, but funny it takes all day into night to get from one city to the other. :)

Josh Kirk
Josh Kirk

Almost there...Jackie Frisk Dylla Joe Zierden

karilynn22
karilynn22

I live right off of University in a ground level apartment and I remember this day. I was watching the train go by from my patio. I can actually see myself standing there if I pause the video. LOL so funny

Namgyal Dorjee
Namgyal Dorjee

Plot twist: That's the actual speed of the new light rail.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

Just wish whomever designed our train system did it with the realization that we have winters worse than most cities that actually have a subway...waiting on a bench under a shitty heatlamp in below zero weather seems a bit odd for a train system built within the last decade in a winter burdened place.

nrupar1
nrupar1

Cool, it drives by all the small businesses that had to shut down during it's construction!  Prepare for the onslaught of corporate coffee shops and fitness centers.

room34
room34

@iamjmw Yeah, I’m guessing you’d be looking at about 45-60 minutes on the LRT.

matt1208
matt1208

Running through a dense neighborhood.

Unintended consequence: Success.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

It took decades to tear up trolley lines and replace them with buses which are flexible and can change stations with the moving population at the drop of a hat and now the libbies want aan unflexible rail line just because it feels good! Trolleys and trains are a step back from progress!

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

OMG the comments on my comments have so many holes I don't even know where to start here lol. Dusty you are comparing emergency services to a form of transit the vast majority of people won't take, there is a major difference. I can be just as safe on a bike trail or train or in my car. Drewy wants to talk Amtrak and as a railfan I will totally school his dumb ass. I love trains, if they made sense for passengers I would support them 100% but they don't make sense.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

Are you sure you understand the difference between a cities public transit system and amtrak? Because it seems like you don't...

dustymiller
dustymiller

@midwestexplorer81 The fire department, police department, parks department, and public works department also don't turn a profit.  Because a city is not a business.  As a citizen you could be happy that you have safety, first responders, bike trails around the lakes, well-plowed streets, and a rail line connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul.   Quality of life issues like these make the city competitive.  Which brings in new residents.  Which broadens the tax base.   And if I were BNSF I'd much rather sell and lease back rails that commuters are riding rather than owning them simply from a crash liability standpoint.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

So wear a coat, hat and gloves and deal with it. What do you want, heated underground waiting rooms?

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@nrupar1 Sorry, but getting thousands of people to and from destinations every day trumps a couple of small businesses.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

The only thing you seem to be schooling us on is your own single minded ignorance. You have an extremely simplistic view and understanding of a large cities mass transit needs. An effective stystem uses multiple modes for moving people around. Trains can move large amounts of people leaving the buses to provide arterial support , thus providing a more complete and effective transit network. But hey, you literally chase trains, so you got this, right ?

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@midwestexplorer81 Wait, how is it different? Like most citizens, I've never used emergency services (do traffic cops count?)...should I then be disappointed that I am paying for them and that they are not a source of municipal revenue or should I be glad they exist for those that do need them or in the future event that I do? 


Shit, I use the train 10 times a year to get to and from the airport for $6 round trip, a savings over a cab of, like, $40 per ride each way. The dimes per year I pay in taxes for public transit (which I was unaware existed as a revenue stream) even looking at a lifetime of taxes, provides a real savings for me.


If public transit made money, private companies would install transit...why should we expect it make money?

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

No one rides or will ride a ridiculous train!   We do not and will not have the Demographics for it!  We are too spread out.   Having Police, Fire ect. are basic, a train that is subsidized to the max does not.  It's pretty simple economics vs. Utopia.  


DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@midwestexplorer81 Wait...who needs a history lesson? Buses were not chosen because of their flexibility, they were chosen thanks to a concerted campaign of bribery and misinformation by the private industries that benefited from the dismantling of municipal rail. The cost to operate a bus and bus line far exceeds what it costs to run a static, electric, transit system...you are appear to be the most poorly informed transit enthusiast ever. I'm glad your passion isn't surgery.

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Why is a trolley better than a bus? Is it the millions in costs to dig up pavement and put in rail? Is it the non flexibility when a popular spot moves over one block? Are you kidding me lol. I'm not totally anti public transit but anybody that thinks trains and trolleys are better (after we finally got rid of public rail tranist) needs to do some research on our history.

hereNT
hereNT

@kurt124 We don't have the demographics? What makes you think that the current demographics will be the same forever? There's a *lot* of evidence that people are leaving the suburbs to live in urban centers where things are more accessible. Cities that don't have quality infrastructure are also hemorrhaging people. Younger people are unlikely to drive cars or want to live outside of the urban core if they can avoid it.


I don't know about the Northstar, but I see a lot of people on the Hiawatha line when I take it. Having real destinations makes a lot of difference. Travelling through both downtowns makes a lot more sense than going way out to nowhere hoping it will change habits. Going down corridors that have businesses people already want to visit is pretty key, too. 


It's more of a "plan for the future" or "bury your head in the sand" comparison. Subsidization may be something you're against, but it is 100% necessary that we fund projects like this if we want to be a viable city in a decade or two.


That said, I wish that this time lapse was turned 90 degrees to show what the riders would see. 

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