The community celebrated the opening of Metro Transit's Green Line light rail service along University Ave. between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The Green Line offers the Hamline community another affordable and easy transportation option with stations at Snelling and Hamline avenues. The light rail stops are about a twelve minute walk south of Hamline’s St. Paul campus or a very quick bus ride down Snelling Ave. on Metro Transit's #84 bus which makes frequent stops right in front of Anderson Center. You can find a full schedule and fare information on Metro Transit website. With this new addition to the community, please also make sure to check out light rail safety information.
Hamline University President Linda Hanson was among the dignitaries on hand to celebrate the opening of the Green Line and among the first riders to depart from Hamline Station, located at the junction of Hamline and University avenues. There, the fun continued with the Great ‘Midway’ Get-Together, complete with Minnesota State Fair-themed food and entertainment, including a special performance by Hamline's own community band. Led by Janet Greene, associate professor of music, the student, staff, and faculty musicians kept the crowd's spirit and energy level high even in the driving rain. The Hamline University Piper mascot was also there to celebrate and Hamline's Center for Global Environmental Education's Eco-Experience activities kept kids and adults entertained with educational games. The kidway featured displays from the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum, and a business expo.