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I-35W construction - Ride it out with us!

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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 we will minimize stress by getting you downtown and back on the bus or the Blue Line. Many routes will have transit advantages throughout the project, making the move from a car to a bus or train a simple decision.

Riding with Metro Transit has advantages!

  • Service levels will increase up to 40% for affected routes; with standby buses and new trips added during morning and evening rush hours
  • Rush hour bus-only lanes on Park and Portland avenues
  • Northbound HOV lane access all the way to 31st Street with exclusive access to exits at 31st Street
  • Multiple Park & Rides within the corridor
  • Free Wi-Fi on buses and light rail

What do I do as a regular bus rider?

1. 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

2. Know your route detour and any changes to where you board.

Most bus detours are expected to begin in June 9.*
Some route detours, including Route 23, started in March.
*Detour date is subject to change. 

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, 578 & 597.

NEW! Route 535 Weekend Service - 
Route 535, the future METRO Orange line, now has 30-minute service on the weekend between downtown and Bloomington Transit Center. View the schedule here

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.

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Map of which routes will be directed onto neighborhood streets.

35W project construction detours


Map Pin #

Park & Ride

Service to Downtown Minneapolis

1

Apple Valley Transit Station

15450 Cedar Ave. S.

LIMITED PARKING AVAILABILITY

METRO Red Line, 475, 477

map of Apple Valley Transit Station


2

Palomino Hills Park & Ride

12760 Pennock Ave.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

476, 477

map of Palomino Hills Park & Ride


3

157th Street Station

15865 Pilot Knob Rd.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

477, 479

map of 157th Street Station

4

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

1618 W. Old Shakopee Rd.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

597

map of Saint Lukes Lutheran Church


5

South Bloomington Transit Center

9830 Aldrich Ave. S.

LIMITED PARKING AVAILABILITY

18, 465, 535, 554, 597

Local bus service connection: 539

map of South Bloomington


6

28th Avenue Station

8151 28th Ave. S.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

477, 479

map of 28th Avenue Station

7

Burnsville Transit Station

100 E. Hwy. 13

LIMITED PARKING AVAILABILITY

460, 465

map of Burnsville Transit Station


8

Heart of the City Park & Ride

12751 Pillsbury Ave.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

464, 465

map of Heart of the City Park & Ride

9

Cedar Grove Station

4035 Nicols Rd.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

METRO Red Line, 472, 475, 491, 492

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

map of Cedar Grove Station


10

Eagan Transit Station

3470 Pilot Knob Rd.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

470

map of Eagan Transit Station


11

Blackhawk Park & Ride

4565 Blackhawk Rd.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

470, 472

map of Blackhawk Park & Ride

12

Southdale Transit Center/Park & Ride

York Ave. & W. 66th St.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

6, 578, SWFlex

Local bus service connections: 515, 537, 538

map of Southdale Transit Center and Park & Ride

13

Kenrick Avenue

16775 Kenrick Ave.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

467

map of Kenrick Avenue


14

Lakeville Cedar Park & Ride

18040 Cedar Ave. S.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

477

map of Lakeville Cedar Park & Ride

15

Fort Snelling Station South

6000 Minnehaha Ave.

MODERATE PARKING AVAILABILITY

METRO Blue Line

map of Fort Snelling Station South


16

Fort Snelling Station North

Minnehaha Ave. & Weigel Blvd.

MODERATE PARKING AVAILABILITY

METRO Blue Line

map of Fort Snelling Station North

17

Knox Avenue Park & Ride

7601 Penn Ave.

Good PARKING AVAILABILITY

535

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

map of Knox Avenue Park & Ride

18

Rosemount Transit Station

14550 Burnley Ave. S.

MODERATE PARKING AVAILABILITY

476, 478

map of Rosemount Transit Station

19

Savage Park & Ride

14121 Huntington Ave.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

464

map of Savage Park & Ride

20

Eagle Creek Park & Ride

6600 Eagle Creek Blvd.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

491

map of Eagle Creek Park & Ride


21

Southbridge Crossings Park & Ride

1401 Crossings Blvd.

GOOD PARKING AVAILABILITY

491

map of South Bridge Crossings Park & Ride

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, 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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