What is METRO?
The METRO system is a network of transitways with frequent, all-day service between stations with enhanced amenities. Some METRO lines use trains, others use buses. Whether it runs on a road or on tracks, customers can expect trips at least every 15 minutes throughout most of the day.
METRO lines are named by color rather than by numbers. Three METRO lines already exist. The Blue Line travels between Mall of America and Target Field. The Red Line travels on Cedar Avenue, providing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) between Apple Valley and Mall of America. The METRO Green Line opened in June 2014, between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.
Planning is underway for METRO Orange Line bus rapid transit service on I-35W and a a Green Line extension to Eden Prairie (also called the Southwest Corridor Project), both with service start-ups expected in 2019. A Blue Line extension, continuing light-rail service from downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park, is under development for 2021.
Studies are being conducted on the METRO Gold Line (Gateway Corridor), a bus rapid transit line connecting downtown St. Paul with its eastern suburbs. Work continues in 2015 on the implementation plan for a Red Line extension.
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