The METRO Green Line (Central Corridor LRT), which will travel between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, opens June 14.
Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh noted that service will start 60 years to the month after the last streetcar stopped operating in the Twin Cities. “For me, seeing two vibrant downtowns, numerous job, education and medical centers, and tens of thousands of people connected by this project is the most exciting part,” she said.
The 11-mile LRT line will run from the Target Field Station in the North Loop to Union Depot in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood. It’s the Twin Cities second LRT line.
The Green Line will connect to the Blue Line (Hiawatha) at the Downtown East Station.
The $957 million project created 5,445 construction jobs and spurred more than $1.7 billion in development along the line, according to the Metropolitan Council.
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, chair of the Counties Transit Improvement Board and the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, said: “The Green Line will re-twin the Twin Cities and move the regional transit system forward for everyone. This will become the impetus for investment in other lines critical to the east metro.”