Management & Operations

Minneapolis' Metro Transit opens new light rail system

Posted on June 16, 2014

Photo courtesy Metro Transit
Photo courtesy Metro Transit
Minneapolis/St. Paul-based Metro Transit opened its second light rail line, the METRO Green Line, formerly called the Central Corridor, on Saturday. The line, which was delivered by the Metropolitan Council on time and on budget, is the largest completed public works project in Minnesota history at a total cost of $957 million.

The construction of the METRO Green Line employed 5,500 people and created 200 permanent new operations jobs. Construction spurred more than $2.5 billion in development along the line.

“With more than 3.2 million residents in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area and thousands more expected in the coming decades, expanding transportation choices is critical to the region’s success," said U.S. Department of Transportation Acting Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Peter Rogoff. "Projects like the new Green Line will make a huge difference for hardworking families, students and seniors who deserve reliable transportation options to get to work, school and other opportunities.”

The Green Line is an 11-mile light-rail line connecting downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota and downtown St. Paul. The METRO Green Line includes 18 new light rail stations. The Green Line will also serve five downtown Minneapolis stations that are shared with the METRO Blue Line, which travels south from Minneapolis to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America in Bloomington.

Metro Transit is also in preliminary engineering on its Green Line Extension, which includes an additional 16 miles of double track as well as 16 new stations. It will be part of an integrated system of transitways, including connections to the Blue Line, the Northstar Commuter Rail line and Metro Transit bus routes.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Sacramento RT chief, Wiley, announces retirement

Upon the hiring of the new GM/CEO, Wiley will transition to the position of Special Assistant to the Board of Directors and GM/CEO with a focus on key projects and initiatives through 2016.

Allied Specialty Vehicles names Bradshaw to VP/GM of Mich. plant

In his new role, Joe Bradshaw will immediately be tasked with analyzing facilities, procurement, production and quality assurance processes for the commercial and luxury bus products manufactured at this location to determine operational changes necessary for increasing efficiencies and growing output.

METRO, PERC, MSBMA honor top fleets at BusCon 2015

Awards handed out during the Breakfast Awards Ceremony honor fleets around the U.S. and Canada for innovative initiatives, domestic propane autogas usage and ongoing support for the medium-sized vehicle industry.

L.A. Metro announces first chief innovation officer

Metro CEO Phillip Washington taps nationally recognized transportation expert Dr. Joshua L. Schank to head newly created office of extraordinary innovation.

Minn. Metro seeks to partner for car-sharing vision

One of the driving ideas behind a new system is the use of a single tool, such as an app or fare card, that could access "all non-drive-alone modes" of transportation.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close