Coverage: Following the Green Line

  • Light-rail cars are set to start rolling along the Green Line on June 14. The $1 billion, 11-mile line, formerly known as the Central Corridor, will connect downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis.

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A Green Line train headed west past a vehicle just before it was remov...

Left to right, reporters Jennifer Brooks (car), Jim Walsh (Green Line), Beena Raghavendran (car), Nicole Norfleet (bus), Matt McKinney (bike) and Eric Roper (bus) -- plus intrepid dog Josey (car) -- tested out the fastest way from St. Paul to the Star Tribune offices in Minneapolis.

A Green Line train headed west past a vehicle just before it was remov...

The public and dignitaries boarded the first Green Line train to leave Target Field Station on 6/14/14. Twins mascot TC was on hand for the opening.]

Commuters were guided to the right side of the trails by guides as the...

  • Green Line light-rail train goes to work Monday morning

    Article By: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune Publish June 16, 2014 2:00 AM / Update June 16, 2014 11:22 AM

    The free ride is over on the Green Line. After a preview weekend that saw more than 75,000 riders try out the new 11-mile light-rail service between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the lines’s real work carrying commuters, shoppers and students begins Monday morning.

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A lightrail train on the new Greenline approaches Union Station after the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the line Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Union Station in St. Paul, MN.] (DAVIDJOLES/STARTRIBUNE) djoles@startribune.com After more than a decade of planning and nearly a billion dollars of public money, the Twin Cities' second light-rail line begins running Saturday as officials cut ribbons for the Green Line.

The Green Line will launch its service Saturday, June 14, 2014.

A test train returned to St. Paul along Cedar Street after making a trip to Minneapolis along the new Green Line.

Scenes from the Green Line in St. Paul.

Ron Whyte whooped as he dealt with a long line of customers at Big Daddy’s Barbeque, which survived light-rail construction and expanded.

A car and Green Line light-rail train collided outside the Star Tribune building in downtown Minneapolis on June 8, 2014.

One of many test trains being operated for training purposes left downtown St. Paul along the new Green Line recently, headed toward Minneapolis and the setting sun.

Frogtown Square, with commercial space and senior housing, is among the new developments along the Green Line at Dale Street.

The new LRT cars for the Central Corridor, which will be known as the...

St. Paul Police officer Scott Braski patrolled an area around University Avenue, where the new Green Line light rail travels through St. Paul.

  • Police prepare for safety on Green Line

    Article By: NICOLE NORFLEET , Star Tribune Publish May 25, 2014 2:00 AM / Update May 24, 2014 10:22 PM

    As the June 14 rollout of the Green Line nears, Metro Transit police are already bolstering the ranks, adding 22 full-time officers dedicated to the Green Line to ensure that passengers, pedestrians and other motorists stay safe.

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A train made a test run along the Green Line last week in preparation for the official opening on June 14. Despite some unexpected construction issues and slow test runs, transit officials are optimistic.

Metro Transit Police and St. Paul Police met to watch a test drive of the Green Line, which will open this summer.

A light-rail train made a test run in St. Paul in February, before heading out on the 11-mile Green Line connector from downtown St. Paul to Minneapolis, set to begin operating June 14.

A light-rail train made a test run in St. Paul in February, before heading out on the 11-mile Green Line connector from downtown St. Paul to Minneapolis, set to begin operating June 14.

At the corner of Vandalia Street and University Avenue, construction workers cut and removed slabs of concrete near the Green line of the LRT because it was faulty.

Due to demographics, high gas prices, a recovering economy and faster, more convenient service, transit use is soaring.

Mike Jones, who is studying to be a nurse, gave patient Alex Whited, 9, of Shakopee, a high-five at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

Met Council Chairwoman Susan Haigh led the applause for Green Line workers.

Fourth Street SE. looking toward the light rail station on 29th Avenue SE. in Minneapolis will become essentially a landscaped rain garden.

Pete, left, and Mike LaTuff “never considered moving.”

The new LRT cars for the Central Corridor, which will be known as the...

  • The Drive: Readers ask how to turn left at light-rail crossings

    Article By: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune Publish December 23, 2013 2:00 AM / Update December 22, 2013 7:35 PM

    For the past two years, motorists on University Avenue in St. Paul have been able to make left turns and cross the tracks of the new light-rail line that will run between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul without worrying about whether a train was coming.

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The Foxy Falafel

The new light-rail cars made their debut Wednesday, with 47 ordered for the Central Corridor and 12 for the Hiawatha line. They weigh less and use less electricity.

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