Excerpt from a May 22 Metropolitan Council e-newsletter:
The first time a light rail vehicle (LRV) appeared on the Central Corridor LRT (Green Line) was April 28. A railcar mover towed the LRV from Minneapolis to St. Paul to verify width clearances between the sides of the vehicle and catenary poles and wayside equipment. The railcar mover was used because crews are still installing the overhead wires that will power the trains.
Once the installation of wires is complete, test runs will begin this fall. The outcome will determine the line’s opening date in mid-2014.
Below, LRV being towed to West Bank Station.
The Central Corridor links five major centers of activity in the Twin Cities region: downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, the Midway area, the State Capitol complex and downtown St. Paul. These areas currently contain almost 280,000 jobs. By 2030, this number is expected to grow to 345,000 jobs.
When it enters service in 2014, the Central Corridor LRT Project will be known as the Green Line.