I-35W construction – Ride it out with us!
Know how to navigate your way to, through and from downtown during the ongoing I-35W construction project. All road traffic will be affected but you can minimize your stress by letting Metro Transit get you downtown and back.
The “Downtown to Crosstown” project will have a major impact on Metro Transit bus service. Many routes will be detoured soon off of I-35W onto neighborhood streets.
What do I do as a regular bus rider?
First: Sign-up to receive Rider Alerts by text or email regarding your particular route. Stay in the know early so you can plan accordingly as construction continues.
SIGN UP NOW FOR RIDER ALERTS
Second: Know your route detour and any changes to where you board.
Most bus detours are expected to begin in early June. Some route detours, including Route 23, will begin in early March.
See the map to the right to see which routes will be directed onto neighborhood streets.
Most I-35W routes will be diverted onto local streets at 31st Street in Minneapolis. Metro Transit, the City of Minneapolis and MnDOT are working together to increase transit speed and reliability through the construction zone. Additional service will be added to Routes 133, 135, 146, 156, 467, 535, 552, 553, 554, 558 and 578.
Try alternate work strategies during the work week
Some alternatives are:
- Starting work earlier or later than usual. Earlier and later express bus trips are being added.
- Work from home or remote office at least one day a week.
- Use your bike along with a Metro Transit route. All buses and trains have free bike racks.
First time riders
We anticipate many new customers on either detoured bus service or the Blue Line during the I-35W construction project and we are here to help!
- Ask your employer about Metropass and enroll if available.
- Buy a Go-To Card – just one touch to a reader and you’re ready to ride.
- Another way to pay includes our handy new mobile app. With the free app, you can plan your trip, see arrival information for bus and trains and buy transit tickets all on the go.
- Call 612-373-3333, to have a representative from our Transit Information Center help plan your trip.
As a new rider, get to know some of the specific resources that can help make the construction season commute less stressful.
Learn more about:
Park & Ride with us
Catch a bus from one of our many convenient Park & Ride locations!
|Park & Ride
||Service to Downtown Minneapolis
||Southdale Transit Center / Park & Ride York Ave. & W. 66th St.
6, 578, SWFlex
Local bus service connections: 515, 537, 538
||Knox Avenue Park & Ride, on Knox Ave. two blocks south of 76th St.
Local bus service connections: 538, 539, 540, 542
||St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 1618 W. Old Shakopee Rd.
||South Bloomington Transit Center 9830 Aldrich Ave. S.
18, 465, 535, 554, 597
Local bus service connection: 539
||Kenrick Avenue 16775 Kenrick Ave.
||28th Avenue Station 8151 28th Ave. S.
||METRO Blue Line
||Cedar Grove Station 4035 Nicols Rd.
472, 475, 491, 492
Local bus service connections: 437, 438, 440, 444, 445
||Fort Snelling Station South 6000 Minnehaha Ave.
||METRO Blue Line
||Fort Snelling Station North Minnehaha Ave. & Weigel Blvd.
||METRO Blue Line
Heading to downtown for work or an event?
Ride it out with us - on the Blue Line
While many bus routes will be detoured during the construction project, consider using the METRO Blue Line for a direct trip into downtown for your daily commute or evening and weekend events.
With Park & Ride locations near Fort Snelling and 28th Avenue stations, the I-35W construction project will be a great time to use the direct and high-frequency service the Blue Line offers.
Improved and expanded Metro Transit service is coming soon
Upon completion of the I-35W project, Metro Transit riders will notice many improvements and additions on the corridor, including a new station at Lake Street for the new METRO Orange Line – Bus Rapid Transit line – connecting downtown to Burnsville. Find out more here!