The New ‘Green’ Light Rail Train

Light Rail

The new Metro Transit light rail train that will go from St. Paul to Minneapolis is expected to be more energy efficient.

On Wednesday, Metro Transit gave city leaders and transit workers a sneak peek. The new train is currently undergoing testing along the Hiawatha line.

The new $3.3 million train, made by Siemens in California, has LED lights and improved insulation through the cab. It has a new front-end crash management system. It also can fit up to 200 passengers.

The Central Corridor light rail will operate as the “Green Line” when it opens in 2014 and the Hiawatha line will be rebranded as the “Blue Line.”

According to Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland, there will also be a bus lines that go to the southern suburbs that will be the “Red” and “Orange Lines.”