S70/Avanto LRV 237
Location: Capitol/Rice Street Station, St. Paul, MN
Operator of Vehicle: Metro Transit
Date of Photo: April 10, 2017
As you may have seen earlier today, Oren’s Transit Page has new photos from my recent trip to Minnesota. Naturally, it seemed appropriate to feature one of them for the June 2017 Rail Photo of the Month. The Twin Cities’ newest light rail line, the Green Line, connects Minneapolis and Saint Paul, providing a rail transit connection between the two cities’ downtowns that had not existed since the streetcar era ended in the early 1950s. Now three years old, the line is quite successful, and has even operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since it opened in 2014, making it one of the only 24/7 rail lines in the United States. As it approaches Downtown Saint Paul, it skirts the Minnesota State Capitol grounds, allowing for the opportunity to get photos of the new light rail with the capitol dome, modeled after the dome at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Can you think of other capitol buildings or famous buildings where this kind of opportunity exists?
For more photos of METRO Transit’s Light Rail vehicles, please click here.