The project created 5,445 construction jobs and $252 million in construction payroll, with workers coming from more than 60 Minnesota counties ranging from the Canadian border to Iowa. The Metro Green Line also created 177 permanent operations and maintenance jobs for downtown St. Paul and has spurred more than $1.7 billion in development along the line.
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Customers boarded Metro Green Line trains 139,027 times during the first five business days of regular operations (Mon., June 16 – Fri., June 20), averaging 27,805 rides per weekday.
The projection for average weekday Green Line ridership is 27,500 by 2015, growing to more than 40,000 in the year 2030. The stations with the highest share of first week boardings were: Nicollet Mall (9 percent), East Bank (9 percent), Snelling Avenue (7 percent) and Central (7 percent).
“We are very encouraged to see initial ridership running at 2015 projections during these early summer days,” said Brian Lamb, Metro Transit general manager. “We’ll have a clearer sense of everyday use when the University of Minnesota and other schools along the light-rail line resume classes in the fall.”
Service on bus route 50 was entirely replaced by the Green Line, and trips were reduced on routes 16 and 94. Bus ridership on these three duplicative routes in the Central Corridor service area dropped an average of about 15,000 rides per weekday during the first week of Green Line operations.
Including 107,039 free rides taken during opening weekend, the Green Line has provided a total of 246,066 rides since opening at 10 a.m. on June 14.