Green Line LRT will indeed get you home after bar close time [NEW TIME-LAPSE VIDEO]

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It might not get you there as quickly as you'd like (at least at first), but the recently released opening day schedule for Green Line LRT indicates the train will indeed take you home after you close down the bar.

Though the initial plan was for trains to only run until about 1 a.m., Metro Transit apparently reconsidered and beefed up service. Both during the week and on weekends, trains depart Target Field for Union Depot and vice versa at least once an hour throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning.

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To check out the full schedule for yourself, click here.

Curious what the route looks like? In December, we shared a cool time-lapse video put together by a St. Paul photographer who walked all the way from Lowertown to downtown Minneapolis and (literally) took photos every step of the way. Yesterday, Metro Transit got into the act and released a similar video of its own, only this one was shot from a train, has a soundtrack, and includes a cool Minneapolis skyline scene (featuring, probably not coincidentally, cars stuck in traffic on I-94).

Without further ado, here it is:



After years of construction, the general public will finally be able to ride the $957 million train in just a couple weeks' time. Service begins June 14.

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



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Aaron Michael Scherbel
Aaron Michael Scherbel

I've always dreamed of a line going all the way down 494/94, from Hudson to the Mall of America, and from there everywhere. I can't imagine that that wouldn't be heavily used.

Kathy Boyd
Kathy Boyd

Robert Rollins, I'm paying for your kid's school. I don't have kids. See where I'm headed?

Ed Volk
Ed Volk

Cringe, a relative and subjective term! When I use the term successful I mean a lot of people will use it. Does that help you?

Robert Rollins
Robert Rollins

Ah yes, "successful"...A relative and subjective term these days. Pretty much anything is (cringe) successful if you dump a truckload of taxpayer (and/or borrowed) money into it and keep the spigot open.

Ed Volk
Ed Volk

Jayce, you want better service talk to your local legislator

Ed Volk
Ed Volk

The rate of payment was higher on the train than on the bus according to Metro transit police.

Amber Reis
Amber Reis

Now to get that train to come to the burbs!!! Msp will be perfect then!!

Ed Volk
Ed Volk

Hiawatha has been overwhelmingly more successful than anyone even imagined and green will do the same

Ed Volk
Ed Volk

Can't say for sure if it's a boondoggle but I guarantee it will be used beyond your wildest dreams

Mike Horn
Mike Horn

Another boondoggle nobody will use

Karen White Garvey
Karen White Garvey

Someone said "why not buy 300 more buses, hire drivers, it would have been cheaper and promoted more jobs" just someone"s thought.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

48 minutes, with 23 stops, to go 11 miles.

What a POS!

Sara Gurrola
Sara Gurrola

Aw gee great! Now we get to deal with a bunch of drunk effers in one place. How lovely.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

I hope that line that they're planning to Crooklyn Dark - is just one way - out of Mpls!

I'd also like to see one way lines to Chicago / Detroit / Gary.

Those would be rides I'd be willing to subsidize. 

Anne Castro
Anne Castro

As a former New Yorker who's ridden the subways at all hours, especially on the weekends, this can be done. The key is more cops on the trains and encouraging more people to use mass transit. The more people the less crime. Cops should do a walk through every hour. If mass transit is to succeed here, we do need law enforcement involved.

Gael Genevieve
Gael Genevieve

Yes....home.....if you live near green line. Since all buses leave downtown Saint Paul by about 1:30 am

Dan Flood
Dan Flood

Actually Erin, I was not for the stadium either. Nice try though

Keith Morris
Keith Morris

Why can't they just widen the roads for a billion for everyone to drive drunk instead?

Erin Sayer
Erin Sayer

Hey Dan, I bet you didn't complain about the money you put into the stadiums, which was MUCH more than you paid for the train.

Jeff McGuire
Jeff McGuire

yeah like roads and airlines... Why can't they pay for themselves? Why do they need to be subsidized?

OJ_Chimpson
OJ_Chimpson

Get ready for your lives to be enriched by vibrant divershitty

Darin Swenson
Darin Swenson

1 billion dollars to bring drunks home from the bar. And with each ticket sold the state loses money. Sounds like a waste of tax dollars to me.

Shane Willis
Shane Willis

I am concerned that the #94 bus that will stop running on weekends as of June 7th, will place a huge burden on those that depend on that option and pay the express charge to do it. The weekend Green line only options adds 1/2 hour to a trip for those needing to make connections in the downtown areas only.

djeasyrider
djeasyrider

Ive never understood why the Blue Line doesn't offer at least one south bound trip after bar close. The cost of extra police presence would be greatly offset by the loss in lives and property due to drunk drivers. As someone who works in the dwntn nightlife sector, I'd GLADLY take a train in and out of downtown after bar close if it was offered, but I live on the Southside. 

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

This LRT is a win for the DFL all the way around. It buys votes from all FSA (Free Shit Army) people, and at the same time punishes us taxpayers by having to pay for it, as well as subsidize their rides.  To make it a double-wammy - they ran it right down University - completely trashing any kind of auto traffic - more punishment for the middle class.   I infrequently patronized Univ. Ave stores - now I never will.

That video - all I can say is "how horrible".

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 Is that all you do is whine? No wonder you don't have any friends.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 We don't care what you want to subsidize. You lost the election so STFU you racist POS. Move to the south where you can meet some Confederate hick friends who think like you do. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

And a plainclothes detail as well. 

hopjeremy
hopjeremy

Depends on where you chose to live, now doesn't it?

KennyX
KennyX

Why didn't they just save the $1 billion and add a few additional buses to the current 16 line?

hopjeremy
hopjeremy

@Truth_Teller_1 ...and we appreciate you staying out of the urban core. support walmart and china made shit.


MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 Well, us DFL taxpayers had to pay for your party's 2 fucking wars so quit whining.  (But that's what you Republican'ts do best!) I'll be patronizing several University Ave. businesses now that we have a train - esp. the Turf Club and Amsterdam Bar!  P.S. Get ready for a lot more DFL wins in this state. Maybe you can try the Anti-LGBT marriage thing again. Hahahaha!

yoopie93
yoopie93

@Truth_Teller_1 There has been $2.5 BILLION of investments in the area surrounding the Green Line since work began on it five years ago.  The fact that you won't be patronizing those stores (Oh no, not that! Anything but that!) means nothing, just like all of your comments.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX Why didn't they save the $trillions spent in Iraq and just take out Bin Laden at Tora Bora? 

hopjeremy
hopjeremy

@a2thekhomeboy Darin must have never been outside the Midwest.  Most of the world has a modern, fully built out transit system.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@MNjoe  You liberals are a pathetic bunch.  No content to your comments - just attack the person.

Wars?  Are you a nut case? Who's talking about wars?

LRT sounds like a great investment - so you can go to the Turf Club and Amsterdam Bar.   That's sure to boost our economy.

KennyX
KennyX

@yoopie93 Those investments were all subsidized by the government. Now, I am not totally against that. However, the new patrons who will be visiting these new and/or improved businesses (i.e. people who never ventured into that part of town before) are NOT going to be riding the $1 billion choo choo train. They will be driving in from the suburbs. The ridership of the green line will be nothing more than the same losers (such as MNJoe) who currently ride the 16 bus line. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 @MNjoe I know - I can't think of a better punishment for you than having Obama win 2 terms as president and seeing a Dem. Governor, House and Senate in MN. I'll really be rubbing it in when Hillary takes the Oval Office next. I hear Republican't are already talking about running Thuston Romney III again.  Bwahahahahha!  I love it. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX @MNjoe Only when I'm going out and drinking is involved. Otherwise, I drive. What's your point assfuck?

KennyX
KennyX

@MNjoe And you're a bus rider. What's your point?

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@MNjoe Wow downtown St Paul - it's just government office buildings - even Macy's left.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 If you're talking about wasting tax dollars, you're talking about war. And that's the biggest waste of tax dollars there is. I know you're too fucking stupid to comprehend that. Also to stupid to know that one person doesn't "boost" an economy - but the Green Line will be a major boost to St, Paul's economy. I'll also be going downtown, the MN History Museum, etc. (Again, you're too stupid to probably know it's there.) 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Truth_Teller_1 Actually moron, there are several museums, the Ordway, Xcel Center, lots of bars and restaurants, etc. 

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