Photos: Green Line opening draws Cities to the rails

Weather Judy Griesedieck · ·

1 Saturday's Green Line launch linked St. Paul and Minneapolis with light rail. 
2 Nikki Villeviencio, right, holds her two-year-old daughter, Alexandra Paulson, during speeches at St. Paul's Union Depot before the official opening of the Metro Transit Green Line. Villeviencio is a member of TAAC, the Transportation Accessability Advisory Committee for Metro Transit. 
3 Congressman Keith Ellison was one of several politicians and dignitaries to give a speech Saturday at St. Paul's Union Depot as part of the opening ceremonies for the Metro Transit Green Line. 
4 The official ribbon-cutting for Metro Transit's new Green Line was held at Union Depot -- and included politicians, such as U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, and community members, like Darrell Paulson (left) of the Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee, who helped make the Green Line happen. 
5 Inside St. Paul's Union Depot, families had a better chance to enjoy activities and stay dry Saturday. Therese Sherman of St. Paul, right, has a photo taken with her children Miko, 6, (with umbrella),Echo, 6, and Cleo, 11, Foley. 
6 Drenched commuters rode the Green Line Saturday, attempting to enjoy the food and entertainment at the various stations along the route, but rain and high winds eventually shut everything down. 
7 As the rain began to fall shortly after the ribbon cutting, hundreds of people waited for their chance to ride the Green Line for free. 
8 Dancers from the Silver Skies troupe performed at the Western Avenue station. 
9 Umbrellas to keep dry were an exercise in futility against Saturday's wind and rain, as Green Line riders discovered at the Hamline Avenue station in St. Paul. 
10 Suzy Jun, a South Korean student attending the University of Minnesota, takes shelter from the rain near the Western Avenue Green Line station, where she was working as a volunteer. 
11 A Minneapolis police officer at the Target Field Metro Transit station casts a wary eye at threatening skies Saturday afternoon. 
12 Sicily Bickett and her daughter Bailey, five, of St. Paul, were determined to hang in there an enjoy the entertainment at the Target Field Green Line station, where musicians played under shelter, but fans sat outdoors. "We've been waiting for this for a long time, rain or shine," said Sicily. 
13 The musical group Pistol Whippin Ponies performs under shelter Saturday to a sparse crowd at the Target Field Metro Transit station. 
14 A rider on the Green Line peeks out of the third train to depart Union Depot in St. Paul.