Green Line celebrates one-year anniversary

Community leaders marked the one-year anniversary of the Green Line on Monday, celebrating higher than expected ridership rates.

Early projections for the Green Line anticipated 27,000 rides on an average weekday, but ridership levels have topped 40,000 on several days this year.

The 11- mile light rail line linking downtown Minneapolis with downtown St. Paul has served more than 11.1 million riders in its first year of operations, according to Metro Transit. About $3 billion in development has sprouted along the line since construction began on the project.

Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb cited University of Minnesota research indicating the line has made it easier to people to get to about 2,000 jobs.

“The Green Line is about improved access to jobs,” he said. “It’s also about access to entertainment and this week we celebrate with all of our businesses up and down the Green Line.”

It takes about 45 minutes to ride the line from end to end, about 15 minutes faster when the Green Line made its debut a year ago.

Businesses along the line are celebrating the Green Line’s one-year anniversary with special deals. For details, go to