Businesses alerted to celebration planning for next year’s light rail opening

Although no date has been set for the opening of the Central Corridor light rail line next year, officials are alerting businesses along the tracks that celebrations will be held when the trains begin running.

A letter from the Metropolitan Council and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative says planning is well under way for the Green Line launch, expected in mid-2014.

Many of the affected businesses suffered losses during construction of the line, which will connect downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul along University Avenue.

“The Metropolitan Council and Funders Collaborative are working with the community and businesses to plan a number of celebrations the weekend of the grand opening. These celebrations will be held at select locations along the line that meet operational, safety, and logistical requirements. These community celebrations will be near LRT stations at Union Depot, Central Station, Western Avenue, Victoria Street, Hamline Avenue, Raymond Avenue, Stadium Village, West Bank, and Target Field Station,” the letter says.

Businesses and communities are urged to hold their own  special events and promotions “to welcome the thousands of people we anticipate will come to the corridor to celebrate the grand opening and ride the Green Line.”

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