Updated: 06/13/2014 10:46 AM
Created: 06/13/2014 10:21 AM KSTP.com
By: Steve Patterson
Minnesotans will be able to ride the brand new Green Line light rail connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul this weekend. And for the first two days, it won't cost you a penny.
Service between St. Paul and Minneapolis will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14.
Years of work will amount in an 11-mile track connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul. Each train car has a maximum capacity of 200 passengers, made up of 68 seats and 132 standing strangers who, by the end of the ride, probably won't feel much like strangers anymore.
The trains will stop 23 times along the way. With roughly two minutes between each stop, the entire ride should take 40 minutes.
Celebrations will be held at nine of the 18 new stations; festivities will last from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The light rail trains were specially designed for Minnesota winter with an exterior that 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.