Visiting county officials from around the country take a ride on the Green Line

For decades, Minnesota officials took trips around the country to test out different transit options. I recall Hennepin County transit experts going to see the Portland Ore., light rail line, as far back as the late 1980s.

Now, the tables are turned and politicians from around the country are touring the Twin Cities light rail system.

County officials from 20 states, in town for a National Association of Counties meeting this week, will ride the Green Line today from 3 to 6 p.m.

They’ll start in St. Paul, go to the Target Field station in downtown Minneapolis, then return to the Union Depot terminus in downtown St. Paul.

The county officials are attending a Large Urban County Leadership symposium, and transit is always a big topic in those circles.

The Green Line tour is billed to participants as:

MOBILE WORKSHOP: A GREEN LINE TOUR OF THE TWIN CITIES,  UNION DEPOT AND TARGET FIELD STATION:

The new Green Line has reconnected Hennepin and Ramsey counties by rail for the first time in decades, and the economic development and community benefits from that investment are already visible tom passengers. Attendees will ride end to end on the Green Line and see how this investment showcases two unique urban counties within one vibrant region. Upon reaching Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis, attendees will de-board to learn more about the innovative and unique public — private partnerships that are creating public spaces, meeting transportation needs and spurring economic development in one surrounding downtown neighborhood. The tour will then conclude back in downtown St. Paul at the historic Union Depot with brief  concluding remarks.

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