Still shrinkwrapped from their overland journey from Sacramento, Calif., two train cars bound for the Metro Transit light rail chilled in the morning air along Hiawatha Avenue South on Tuesday. The cars – manufactured by Siemens -- will eventually go into service on the Blue Line running from the Mall of America to Target Field, according to a Metro Transit spokesman.
The $3.3 million cars are just two of 59 on order for Metro Transit, which will put them into service on the existing Blue Line and on the still-under-construction Green Line running from Minneapolis to St. Paul. The cars pictured here are Nos. 9 and 10 in the 59-car order. New cars will continue to arrive a few at a time until April of next year.
The Siemens cars will run alongside the 27 existing Bombardier cars used since the light rail opened.
As for the words printed on the shrinkwrap, we’ll let the world’s smartest human explain.