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Wait for it … The Green Line is here

The Green Line begins service on June 14. It will link downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis and run through the heart of the U campus.

June 6, 2014

Seems like just a decade ago that we were talking about the prospects and details of a light rail transit line coming through campus.

Well, it’s finally here. The Green Line will officially begin service on June 14, linking downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis and running through the heart of the University of Minnesota campus along Washington Avenue.

There will be three stops on campus: the Stadium Village Station (just east of TCF Bank Stadium), the East Bank Station (on Washington Avenue between Harvard and Union streets), and the West Bank Station (on Washington Avenue between 19th and Cedar avenues).

Overall, there will be 18 stations on the Green Line, plus five stations it will share with the Blue Line in downtown Minneapolis before reaching the western terminus at the new Target Field Station. (See map.)

More than 225 light rail trains will glide through campus each weekday, adding to the bustle and transportation options already in place.

“I’m grateful to all who have worked tirelessly for many years to bring us to this day when the Green Line becomes a reality,” U President Eric Kaler said recently at a celebration of the new line. “I’m also grateful for the long-term commitment the Met Council has made to protecting the University’s research enterprise.

“I’m genuinely excited about all that the Green Line will mean for our campus—in one of the most dynamic and beautiful urban locations in the world.”

An emphasis on safety

One thing it will mean, of course, is a heightened dedication to maintaining a safe environment for U students, staff, and visitors to campus. Washington Avenue will now be a busy artery supporting trains, buses, and bicycles, with pedestrians needing to cross safely at three main intersections.

Those pedestrians are being reminded to obey all warning signs and signals and to cross the tracks only at designated crossings and with the lights. Bicyclists are urged to walk their bikes on rail platforms and across pedestrian crossings. They must also use the new green bike boxes to turn left across the tracks. See informational video.

And everyone is reminded to always listen for train horns and bells, look both ways before crossing the tracks, and never try to beat a train through a crossing. For more information and tips regarding Green Line safety, visit the SAFE-U light rail safety site.

Related links:

Details on Metro Transit Green Line

See how the Green Line is transforming the Twin Cities campus area.

Watch this time-lapse video of a Green Line trip from Lowertown to the new Target Field Station.

Watch an animation of the light rail line traveling through campus along Washington Avenue.

Twin Cities Campus: