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Forum News Service, Published January 22 2014

New Twin Cities rail line to open in June

ST. PAUL - The Twin Cities' second light rail passenger line is due to open June 14.

Metropolitan Council Chairwoman Susan Haigh announced the start date Wednesday, saying the 11-mile line from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul will help the cities. Known as the Green Line, it will join the Blue Line (formerly known as the Hiawatha Line) that stretches from Mall of America in Bloomington to downtown Minneapolis.

The Green Line, which used to be called Central Corridor, could be the last light rail line for a while. Gov. Mark Dayton said he does not favor a proposed line to the southwestern Twin Cities because of lack of money and a dispute about its location.

For much of its length, the Green Line goes down University Avenue, including a few feet north of the state Capitol and through the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus.

The June opening of the $957 million means it will be running in time for the July Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Minneapolis' Target Field.