West Suburban Service Changes Final Plan
In August 2013, local service improvements and express route changes were implemented in the west suburban communities of Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Deephaven, Greenwood, Excelsior, Shorewood and Tonka Bay. Affected bus routes included: 9C, 9N, 615, 664, 665, 667E, 670 and 671.
The local service improvements and express route changes were based on recommendations contained in the West Suburban Service Changes Concept Plan and public review of those recommendations.
Metro Transit held public hearings in April 2013 to get feedback on the Concept Plan from customers and community stakeholders. Nearly 150 comments were received from 110 individuals. Get a summary of comments.
Based on those comments, Metro Transit made changes to the Concept Plan that will:
- Retain express service on Hwy. 7 west of Co. Rd. 73 and on Co. Rd. 101 south of Hwy. 7
- Retain existing downtown arrivals and departures on routes 664, 670 and 671
- Operate Route 671 non-stop to downtown starting at Minnetonka Blvd. and Hwy. 169
- Address areas of service that may have crowded buses
The Final Plan also moved ahead with these changes:
- Routes 665 and 667E will be eliminated and routes 664, 670 and 671 will be rerouted to provide service to areas now served by routes 665 and 667E.
- A new branch of Route 667 — 667H — will cover areas now served by routes 664 and 670, which will be rerouted.
- Additional weekday evening service will be added on routes 9N and 615.
- A new local route, Route 614, will operate between Ridgedale and Minnetonka Heights approximately hourly between 5:15 a.m.‐7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m.‐4:20 p.m. on Saturdays.
The West Suburban Service Changes Final Plan improves local service and addresses issues of low ridership on express routes by consolidating service and eliminating segments of route duplication while minimizing the impacts on existing riders.
Additional details of changes for each route can be found in Chapter 4 of the report.
> Executive Summary
> Chapter 1 – Transit Market Areas and Existing Service
> Chapter 2 – Public Involvement in West Suburban Service Changes Project
> Chapter 3 – Key Objectives and Strategies of Plan
> Chapter 4 – Final Services Changes, Resource and Rider Impacts
> Chapter 5 – Title VI Service Equity Analysis
> Appendix A – Current Route Statistics, Final Plan Route Statistics
Route Maps (Route 9, Route 614, Route 615, Route 664, Route 665, Route 667, Route 670, Route 671)