Green Line -- a.k.a. Central Corridor LRT -- officially set for June opening

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You'll be able to take this ride for the first time June 14.
The Met Council announced this morning that the first Green Line LRT train carrying passengers will run between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis this June.

Officials targeted the MLB All-Star Game, to be held at Target Field on July 15, as the date by which they wanted to have the Green Line running, so it appears they'll beat that deadline with about a month to spare. RELATED: Check out this awesome time-lapse tour of the Central Corridor [VIDEO]

For riders, the 11-mile Green Line trip from Target Field to the St. Paul Union Depot will stop 23 times and take 39 minutes. The $957 million project cost was split between state, regional, county, and city governments.

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Dina Boecher
Dina Boecher

Excited.... Can now go to St. Paul (and beyond) from Anoka.. Imagine the possibilities!

Kathy Quick
Kathy Quick

Kelly Anderson, unless going to work, school, friends' homes, or shopping is a felony, that's not how I - or most other riders - will be using it. What gives?

Kelly Andersen
Kelly Andersen

Its been done for how long now, a year????, Now the thugs have to wait till june to travel back and forth between felonies, 974 million for 7 miles,what a hosing we all took on that deal.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

great, now all the scum from that shithole STP will be able to cross the river for free

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

And there's a stop right in front of the Turf Club - woo-hoo!

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

The real question is: Why would anyone want to go to St. Paul?

Ace Of-Bass
Ace Of-Bass

St. Paul is about to become my new favorite spot.

Andrew Bursaw
Andrew Bursaw

Now comes all the accidents and the stupid people walking in front of trains and dying. Every other day somebody is gonna ignore the train and end up on the news. Sad but true.

zacminn
zacminn

The real questions is what bars I hit on the LRT pub crawl?

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Someday cities will use things called buses that aren't restricted to one route so that routes can evolve as the city evolves. Bus stops can be anywhere we desire. These buses will use existing roads which are way cheaper to construct and maintain. So many people will ride buses that we'll end up tearing up these rail lines and converting them to parks and bike trails. I wonder when Minnesota will embrace the future.

Muna Amed
Muna Amed

Meet Minneapolis HAS A COOL VIDEO OF IT!!

Andrew Brand
Andrew Brand

Mike is mad cuz he lives in the burbs and will never use the line. I don't use 66th street, which is a Hennepin cty road. Soooo as a resident of Hennepin cty, they should really stop wasting my tax dollars maintaining that road which I will never use. Oh wait, as a Richfield resident, Mike probably uses that road....see you stupid you sound, sir?!

Christian Jensen
Christian Jensen

It's only taken 60 years to start to get our streetcar system back, little by little; this is good news nevertheless.

Onan
Onan

That's cool. Just stay over on your side.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Maybe worldwide, but we only get a couple a year here in MN. Compare that to car accidents - anything that gets a few cars off the road is a good thing.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Not true at all.  You suck as a person

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

@zacminn 


No, the real question is how many drunks stumbling out of the bars will get run over by this train that will operate at street level?

bradpants
bradpants

@midwestexplorer81 Try taking a bus from the airport to Target Field, then try taking the train. Trains are better, we should probably invest in high-speed rail before adding more light rail but that's a different story.

Onan
Onan

@midwestexplorer81  - Are you channeling voices from the 1950s?

We already destroyed our expansive streetcar system (regarded as one of the best streetcar systems in the US at the time) in favor of the bus due to greed and shortsightedness. Let's not make that mistake again.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

A lot more people use that road than will this boondoggle LRT!  So your comparison is bogus.   Light rail is supported by mostly Childless youn Liberals.  Try getting on LRT to take a little one to practice, the grocery store, Cosco/Walmart/Target and then back home.   These Utopian dreams are counterproductive.  Look, people want the FREEDOM of a car, which is why we have more and more of them in households in this state.   But the Democrats will continue to push agendas contrary to human nature through social engineering.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@MNjoe except that MPLS is the cultural and economic center - STP has nothing but scum and hard nosed HICK conservatives

Onan
Onan

@kurt124  "A lot more people use that road than will this boondoggle LRT!"

And you would be wrong.


Daily LRT ridership and number of people using 66th Street in Richfield are essentially the same numbers with the LRT ridership already topping what they projected as ridership in 2020.

But don't let facts get in the way of your spittle-flecked rant.

Bonus: 66th Street will be undergoing a MAJOR reconstruction plan in the next few years. Have fun driving during the construction.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@WhiteMatt @Onan Walk around 4th & Hennepin in the evening and get back to us on that one.

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

@Onan


With the exception of downtown, the existing LRT line doesn't have anywhere near the pedestrian traffic that University Ave has. 

orangevening1
orangevening1

Dumbass, roads and personal vehicles cost more than transit if you look at "all the costs"

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124 How about you tell us the subsidies and increased taxes used to build and keep up the roads and bridges? Where do you think all that money comes from? The gasoline tax? yeah - a small fraction. It all costs money and the more people we can get off the roads and into trains, busses, streetcars, bikes, walking, etc. the better and cheaper it all will be in the long run. Besides, it all means less traffic on the roads for you. They're also big money savers after a night out on the town having a few drinks - $1.75 vs. that $10,000 DUI.

Onan
Onan

@kurt124 - So you'd rather have each and every one of the LRT riders in their own vehicles clogging up even more of the roads.

Got it.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@Onan@bradpants@kurt124Your "savings" does not compare when you figure in the subsidy and increased taxes and fees when computing the real and total cost of these boondoggles.  You have to get the math right and take into account all the costs.  Where do your genious progressive brains think the money comes from?   Bradpants, i doubt you have a "Giant" stack of money.  In the meantime, i can afford my Truck and other autos.   I happen to like them, i also really like my small gas burning engines in order to care for my giant lawn after i am done fertilizing it.   The fact is my auto's will take me there faster without the trouble of getting to the line.    Hey guys, enjoy the ride and other riders, i will be raising my rents and other prices in order to cover the increased taxes/expenses/fees we will be paying for your new choo choos.    


Onan
Onan

@bradpants @kurt124  - Let's see: 13.9 miles one way (x2) about 1 1/2 gallons of gas + parking + truck payment + truck maintenance + depreciation + insurance...

I'm thinking the LRT fare is a lot less expensive than a truck in this instance.

I thought conservatives were supposed to be fiscally savvy?

bradpants
bradpants

@kurt124 According to Google maps, you'd get there about five minutes faster in the truck. You save your five minutes, I'll save my giant pile of money by not having a truck.

Onan
Onan

@kurt124 - I gleaned the information from a 66th Street retail reconstruction site study, but don't let facts get in the way of your precious little rant.

"66th Street has hundreds of connecting streets,"

HUNDREDS of connecting streets?

HUNDREDS? Really?

There are 47 streets that connect to 66th street in Richfield.

Also: The reconstruction project is still in the planning stages and is being redesigned to allow more pedestrian / bike access and safety. Enjoy your traffic circles and extra bike lanes!

I'll wave at you when you are stuck behind some moron in an SUV whole doesn't know how to negotiate those complicated traffic circles...

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@OnanWhere are your facts?   Are you kidding me?  66th Street!   You are losing any credibility.   Next time your on your bike, take a look at the traffic on this street.   Also, one must remember,  66th Street has hundreds of connecting streets, which your choo choos never ever will.    Sorry to be gruff but you are crazy. 
I welcome road construction, it's the right place for expenditure and proof it's high traffic.  Get real. 

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