MN: Sunny Sunday Warms People to Day 2 of Green Line

Ridership slowed a bit during Sunday morning showers on the Twin Cities newest light rail line running between the two downtowns.

The sun appeared late morning and about 11,000 riders rode the Green Line from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland.

"The sun helped. People are coming out to explore the line," he said.

Siqveland said the 11-mile line from Union Station in St. Paul to Target Field in Minneapolis has had no accidents or system problems by Sunday afternoon and Metro Transit would continue free rides through midnight Sunday. He said total weekend ridership numbers will be released in a few days.

It cost $957 million to build the new line, which takes about 35 minutes to run from Minneapolis to St. Paul.

Follow the Star Tribune for the latest Green Line reports. Newspaper reporters will travel Monday between the downtowns by Green Line, bus, car and bicycle and write about their rides and how long the trip took.

Jim Adams -- 612-673-7658

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