Flashing the “Green Line” moniker, the first light-rail vehicle (LRV) built for the Central Corridor LRT line arrived Oct. 10 at Target Field Station.
Officials greeted LRV 201 as the sleek and exhaust-free electrically operated LRV glided quietly to a stop next to a recently repainted Hiawatha LRV waiting at the station. Both sported the new METRO logo identifying them as part of the color-coded system of light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) lines.
Forty-seven LRVs will be built for the Green Line. The region’s first LRT line, Hiawatha, will receive 12 new LRVs as well. The Hiawatha Line will be rebranded the “Blue Line” in the months ahead as that line’s existing 27 LRVs are repainted and station graphics are updated.
> Watch the new Green Line train pull into the station
Testing of the new LRVs on Central Corridor tracks will begin in late 2013. The outcome of the tests will determine the line’s opening date in 2014.The newest LRVs, being built at Siemens’ Sacramento, Calif., plant, will be delivered through April 2014, peaking at four arrivals a month in 2013.The combined 59 new LRVs will allow both lines to operate three-car trains during peak times and for special events to meet growing ridership demands.
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