After a successful opening weekend, the Green Line Light Rail is now officially up and running on campus. In advance of the opening, the University successfully moved three laboratories including the Minnesota Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MNMR) lab. Vibrations and electromagnetic interference could have affected productivity and accuracy of the lab without the move.
Tim Busse, communications director of University Services, told KARE-TV last week that moving the MNMR lab from Nils Hasselmo Hall to its new home in the Mayo Building cost $25 million.
“Half of that cost was picked up by the State of Minnesota and the other half was covered by the University of Minnesota,” said Busse.
One hundred additional labs and 300 pieces of equipment alongside Washington Avenue also required funding and adjustments to accommodate the new transit line. Despite the relocations and alterations, the light rail is a positive addition to campus, according to staff and students.
The Green Line is not only increasing access to the different banks on campus, it is also offering easier access to St. Paul and surrounding areas. Aside from student and staff needs, the Green Line increases access to the 80,000 visitors the campus receives daily. Visitors will be able to see the range of attractions the University offers with much more ease, including the Vikings’ 2014 and 2015 football seasons hosted by TCF Stadium.