Courtney Subramanian | NationalSwell 

With all the reports of a lack of funding of infrastructure and transit projects nationwide, the Twin Cities have some good news to share.

Last Saturday, they celebrated the opening of a third light-rail line: the Green Line.

The nearly $1 billion transportation project is touted as more than just an engineering project to connect the vein that pulses from St. Paul to Minneapolis — it’s the city’s biggest foray into economic revitalization yet.

The Green Line initiative is the result of more than three decades of planning — returning the vacant lots and blighted 11-mile stretch between the two cities back into the bustling corridor it once was during the early part of last century. Known as the Central Corridor, the Green Line’s route will provide public transit from the state Capitol through the area of immigrant-owned, small businesses and to the University of Minnesota’s campus. Read more