Green Line test trains now running down University Avenue [IMAGES]

A full map of the 11-mile Green Line, which is set to open next summer.
A full map of the 11-mile Green Line, which is set to open next summer.

Three years and nearly a billion dollars later, the Central Corridor is (almost) up and running.

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Green Line LRT trains aren't carrying passengers yet, but this morning, they ran up and down University Avenue as engineers tested power lines above the tracks.

Here's a Vine video of today's tests posted by Kenza Hadj-Moussa:

And here's a photo from D Christopher Brooks:

This week's tests are occurring between Stadium Village and the Midway area in St. Paul. Tests of the power lines above the tracks between the West Bank and Stadium Village happened late last month, according to a Progressive Railroading report.

In that report, Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh is quoted as saying, "With these tests, the Central Corridor LRT project continues to make excellent progress toward our goal of opening in mid-2014 before the Major League Baseball All-Star game at Target Field next July. Construction is now 95 percent complete."

As the images above indicate, today's tests are still occurring with the help of a rail car. But according to Progressive Railroading, a Green Line train is schedule to travel from Stadium Village to Fry Street later tonight on its own, using power from the overhead lines.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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