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March 20, 2014

Public invited to create commemorative art for METRO Green Line opening

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL – (March 20) – Metro Transit is inviting the public to play a part in the METRO Green Line’s grand opening by submitting artwork for a commemorative poster that will be distributed when service begins June 14.

Submissions for the commemorative poster contest can be sent now through Friday, April 11. Entrants are encouraged to incorporate the METRO Green Line name, a METRO Green Line train and build on a "connections" theme. Artwork that reflects the unique communities along the 11-mile light-rail corridor is also encouraged.

The contest is open to all Minnesota residents who are at least 18 years old.

“We are thrilled to provide residents this unique opportunity,” Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh said. “The Green Line’s opening is a historic moment not just for the Twin Cities, but for the entire state. This is a great chance to be a part of that history.”

A panel including community representatives from each new Green Line station area will narrow the submissions down to five finalists by Friday, April 25. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite artwork at metrotransit.org between Monday, April 28 and Friday, May 9.

The winning artwork will be printed on posters that will be freely distributed during the METRO Green Line’s grand opening. A larger (2’ by 3’) poster will also be made available for sale online.

The grand prize winner will receive a year of free rides on any Metro Transit bus or train, $500 and a professionally-framed copy of the poster. Runners-up will receive a Go-To Card valid for three months of bus and train rides. Artwork from all of the finalists will be displayed at Union Depot on opening day.

For complete contest rules and information on how to submit artwork visit metrotransit.org/postercontest. Anyone with questions about the contest can email poster@metrotransit.org or call 612-349-7104.

Information on the METRO Green Line and thethe June 14 celebration can be found at metrotransit.org/greenline.  

Metro Transit is a service of the Metropolitan Council. Customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains more than 81 million times in 2013.

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Contact: John Siqveland, public relations manager, 612-349-7089 or john.siqveland@metrotransit.org

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