Green Line Light Rail Finally Opens this Weekend

Updated: 06/13/2014 10:06 AM
Created: 06/12/2014 7:57 AM
By: Heidi Enninga

Minnesotans will be able to ride the brand new Green Line light rail connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul this weekend.

Service between St. Paul and Minneapolis will begin on Saturday morning, and on Thursday, Metro Transit unveiled some more of the new features of the light rail.

At the Green Line Maintenance Facility, trains can drive right into the building where workers can lift up the trains to do repairs on the engines and other parts that may need upkeep down the road.

The light rail trains were specially designed for Minnesota winter with an exterior which is resistant to salt and rusting, extra heating in the interior for passengers and a lighter body for energy efficiency.

This weekend only, rides will be free.

Meanwhile, Metro Transit also debuted the winning entry of a Green Line commemorative poster contest. Forty-two entries were submitted and voted on this spring.

Postcard-sized copies of the winning poster are available at station celebrations on opening day, and a limited-edition run of 1,000 full-sized posters will be available to buy online.

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