What is METRO?
The METRO system is a network of transitways that offer frequent, all-day service between stations with enhanced amenities.Some METRO lines will operate with trains, some with 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. The first METRO line is already in existence: The Blue Line, previously the Hiawatha light-rail line. The Red Line will open on Cedar Avenue on June 22, providing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) between Apple Valley and Mall of America. The METRO Green Line will open between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul in mid-2014.
Already in the planning stages are an extension of the Green Line to Eden Prairie (sometimes called the Southwest Corridor Project); work also is underway for Orange Line bus rapid transit service along I-35W beginning in around 2018.
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