MN: More Than 100 Light-Rail Operators to Begin Training

Feb. 19--Starting next week, more than 100 light-rail operators will begin training along the Green Line between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

That means it's time to keep eyes on both the roads and the rails starting Feb. 24, according to the Metropolitan Council.

At peak training times, light-rail trains could be running every 10 minutes between Lowertown and the rail's connection with the Blue Line in Minneapolis.

More than 60 newly hired Green Line operators and nearly as many Blue Line operators and their instructors will take part in the training runs, according to a release from the Met Council.

Operators already know how to run the trains, the council said. The training runs will familiarize them with the route, stations and operating procedures.

Test trains could run anytime, any day of the week. In April, Metro Transit will begin operating trains on the regular-service schedule from about 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week to prepare for the June 14 opening.

Traffic is not expected to be affected. Trains will operate with traffic and follow traffic signals.

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