Opening date of the Green Line to be announced Wednesday

Planning and construction of the Central Corridor light rail line has been going on for years, and now on Wednesday morning we’ll learn the date it will finally open.

The plan has long been to open the 11-mile route — which will connect the downtown cores of St. Paul and Minneapolis via University Avenue — before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played July 15.

They’re officially calling it the METRO Green Line.

Officials plan a Wednesday morning press conference to announce the opening date. They’ll also talk about opening-day community celebrations planned by the  Metropolitan Council, community members and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, a subsidiary of the Knight Foundation.

The project’s budget was $957 million. It will have 18 stations, including five shared with the METRO Blue Line, aka the Hiawatha Line.

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