Special thanks to the Metropolitan Council where this story first appeared as a press release on December 12, 2012.
All roads and sidewalks over 10 miles are completed, 10 miles of double track are installed and all 18 station structures are built. With over 84 percent of the construction complete overall at the end of 2012, the project is on schedule to open for service in mid-2014.
Still, the systems work is only 49 percent complete and the operations and maintenance facility is 76 percent complete. The $957 million project continues to remain within budget.
“It looks like a light rail line now, and people are asking when trains will begin service,” said Mark Fuhrmann, program director of New Starts rail projects. “While the hard part is over, much work, including electrification of the system, completion of the operations and maintenance facility and testing of the light rail vehicles, remains to be done in 2013 before trains can begin carrying passengers some time in 2014. We need to await patiently the outcome of those LRV and system tests, which will begin in late 2013 and if all goes well, service can begin in mid-2014.
The following work will continue over the winter:
- Construction inside the operations and maintenance facility
- Electrical work at the 18 stations
- Installation of catenary poles for the overhead wires along the alignment
Expect intermittent lane closures in 2013 as crews finish:
- Installing miles and miles of overhead electrical wires
- Installing the traction power substations that will convert the alternating current from Xcel Energy’s lines to the direct current that can be used by light rail vehicles
- Installing signal bungalows holding the signaling and communications systems
- Completing the expanded Rail Control Center
- Building the operations and maintenance facility
- Installing station art
- Assembling, delivering and testing the remaining 45 light rail vehicles. Two have been delivered.
- Punch list items
For more information including construction updates, maps and news releases, visit the Central Corridor LRT Project website at www.centralcorridor.org