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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. 

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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. 


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:

35W project construction detours

Park & Ride with us 

Catch a bus from one of our many convenient Park & Ride locations! 

Park and Ride Map

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Park & Ride City Service to Downtown Minneapolis
1 Southdale Transit Center / Park & Ride York Ave. & W. 66th St. Edina


Local bus service connections: 515, 537, 538

2 Knox Avenue Park & Ride, on Knox Ave. two blocks south of 76th St. Richfield


Local bus service connections: 538, 539, 540, 542

3 St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 1618 W. Old Shakopee Rd. Bloomington 597
4 South Bloomington Transit Center 9830 Aldrich Ave. S. Bloomington

18465535554, 597

Local bus service connection: 539

5 Kenrick Avenue 16775 Kenrick Ave. Lakeville 467
6 28th Avenue Station 8151 28th Ave. S. Bloomington METRO Blue Line
7 Cedar Grove Station 4035 Nicols Rd. Eagan

472, 475, 491, 492

Local bus service connections: 437, 438, 440, 444, 445

8 Fort Snelling Station South 6000 Minnehaha Ave. Minneapolis METRO Blue Line
9 Fort Snelling Station North Minnehaha Ave. & Weigel Blvd. Minneapolis 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!

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