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Route 6: A reliable ride from Edina to the Green Line 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Friday, April 04, 2014 12:00:00 AM

A customer boards a Route 6 bus on Xerxes Avenue in Linden Hills.Minneapolis resident Iris Key has spent a lot of time on Route 6.

As a student at the University of Minnesota, Key rode the bus between campus and her Uptown residence. When she got a job near Edina’s Southdale Center, she used Route 6 to commute to and from work. Now, nearly 15 years after she began riding, Key continues to use Route 6 to get to appointments, run errands or go out in downtown Minneapolis.

“The 6 really is my bus,” Key said this week, returning home after visiting the dentist. “I love it because it’s so dependable and reliable. It’s always there when I need it.”

Key isn’t the only person who has come to see Route 6 as a reliable way of getting around. Several Route 6 customers said in recent onboard interviews that the bus is a mainstay of their daily travels, allowing them to save money, avoid parking hassles and limit their own driving.

Traveling northbound, Route 6 buses run from the Bloomington-Edina border near I-494 and France Avenue, stopping at the Southdale Transit Center before making their way past homes, parks and businesses in southwest Minneapolis on Xerxes, France or Wooddale avenues. The France Avenue branch serves 50th & France and another retail nodes at 44th Street; the Xerxes Avenue branch runs though the Linden Hills retail area west of Lake Harriet.

In Uptown, buses stop at the Uptown Transit Center and continue on Hennepin Avenue to downtown Minneapolis and the U of M.

Students, workers and residents use the route as a way to get to work or school, run errands or get to entertainment in Uptown or downtown.

Sarah Koster, who lives in Uptown, uses Route 6 for all of those reasons. During the week, she rides to her job in the Warehouse District; on weekends she rides downtown for events like Timberwolves games. “I have a vehicle, but I rarely if ever use it,” she said.

Erick Briden, who boarded in Linden Hills, uses Route 6 to get to class at Minneapolis Community & Technical College on Hennepin Avenue and to get to jobs in Edina and Hopkins (transferring to Route 12 in Uptown). As a pre-med student, Briden said riding the bus allows him to remain productive while getting where he needs to be.

“I do homework, general research and, when I’m feeling really disciplined, I’ll read,” he said.

While Koster and Briden both occasionally drive, some Route 6 customers say using transit has allowed them to live completely car-free.

Janne Flisrand has never owned a vehicle and has relied on Route 6 since moving to Uptown in 1996. Flisrand takes Route 6 to her shared workspace in downtown Minneapolis and also bikes, uses car-sharing and routes 2, 3, 21, 63 and 94 to get around.

A Route 6 bus passes by streetcar tracks south of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.By cutting her transportation costs, Flisrand said she has been able to build her retirement account and invest in her home. Beyond saving money, though, she said taking transit makes her feel more connected to the community.

“Riding the bus reminds me how interesting the cities are and how I don’t get to see that in everyday life,” she said. “I like being reminded of that.”

Route 6 also provides a reminder of how people used to move around the Twin Cities.

The route closely parallels two of the Twin Cities most historic streetcar lines, the Como-Harriet and Oak-Harriet streetcar lines, which operated until 1954. The lines served as commuter routes while providing access to the Chain of Lakes and points further west.

Today, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum maintains a portion of the streetcar track between Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet and invites the public to take trips on a restored streetcar between May and November.

While streetcars have vanished, Route 6 customers will soon have a new way to ride the rails when the METRO Green Line opens June 14. Route 6U’s western end, which now stops west of TCF Bank Stadium, will be stretched further to the east to connect with the Green Line’s Stadium Village Station and Prospect Park. Customers can also transfer to the METRO Blue or Green lines at the Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station.

Heather Klopotek, who rides Route 6 between Uptown and her job at the U of M, said she will use the Green Line to visit friends in St. Paul. Klopotek said she has avoided going to St. Paul in the past because it means having to drive or taking a longer bus trip.

“I see myself spending a lot more time in St. Paul with the train,” she said.

Quinn Sahulka, who lives in downtown Minneapolis and takes Route 6 to class at the U of M, said she too will be more likely to visit St. Paul once Green Line trains are running. Sahulka doesn’t own a vehicle and said the idea of a long bus ride has kept her from visiting museums and other St. Paul locations she’s always been interested in seeing.

“I’m so excited that I’ll finally be able to explore St. Paul without it having to be such a trying experience,” she said.

A Route 6 bus travels on 4th Street SE in Dinkytown.Route 6 At a Glance

Type: Urban local

ServiceRoute 6 serves Edina, southwest Minneapolis, Uptown, downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota. On its south end, Route 6 provides limited service to an industrial area in the northeast corner of the Highway 100 and Interstate 494 interchange. Traveling northbound, Route 6 buses travel along the France Avenue corridor, serving shopping centers and Centennial Lakes Park, a mix of parkland, offices and housing. Buses stop at the Southdale Transit Center before entering Minneapolis and continuing north on branches that serve Woodale, France or Xerxes avenues. All branches converge south of Lake Calhoun and continue north to the Uptown Transit Center and along Hennepin Avenue to downtown Minneapolis. After crossing the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, northbound Route 6 buses travel on University Avenue SE to Oak Street, near the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. Southbound buses return to downtown Minneapolis on 4th Street SE. Buses run every four to 10 minutes during rush hour, every 10 to 15 minutes midday and every 15 minutes on evenings and weekends. On weekdays, service runs from approximately 4:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Route Length: Approximately 19 miles

Stops: 167 northbound, 167 southbound

Vehicles: 40-foot standard diesel and hybrid buses

Ridership: More than 2.7 million total passenger boardings in 2013 (an increase of more than 47,000 rides compared to 2012) with an average of nearly 7,500 rides per weekday.

History: Electric streetcars ran on the Como-Harriet and Oak-Harriet streetcar lines between 1891 and 1954. The Como-Harriet line ran down France Avenue and the Oak Harriet line ran down Xerxes Avenue. Both continued to downtown Minneapolis, the U of M and St. Paul. At the U of M, streetcars traveled through Dinkytown on 4th Street SE. In Minneapolis, streetcars traveled on Hennepin Avenue to 31st Street, east of Lake Calhoun, before continuing south on private right of way to Lake Harriet. West of Lake Harriet, streetcars diverged into branches that went west to Hopkins or south on France and Xerxes avenues. The Como-Harriet and Oak-Harriet streetcar lines were popular routes for lake-bound residents, but they also were key links for those traveling downtown or to the U of M for work and school. The Como-Harriet line connected with all the major lines in downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul and operated around the clock seven days a week. In 1952, France Avenue was repaved and streetcars were replaced with shuttle buses in Edina. Buses replaced streetcars completely in 1954. These were the last streetcar lines to be replaced with bus service in the Twin Cities. From May through November, restored streetcars make round-trips on a section of the Como-Harriet line between Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. The Minnesota Streetcar Museum maintains the tracks, streetcars and Linden Hills Station.

Future: Route 6U will be extended east from Oak Street to 27th Avenue SE to provide a connection to the METRO Green Line’s Stadium Village Station. Route 6 customers will also be able to connect with the Green and Blue lines at the Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station.

Bus METRO Green Line Midtown Corridor Minneapolis Route of the Week St. Paul

Route 53: Limited stops from Lake Street to Lowertown 

| Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Jeff Nelson likes to be productive – even when he’s commuting.

That’s why, for nearly a decade, he’s been taking the bus to his job at the Department of Employment and Economic Development in St. Paul. In the summer months, he combines short bike trips with a ride on Route 94. In the winter, when his routine includes morning visits to a gym near Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street, he catches Route 53.

One of the main reasons: he can use the time on the bus to squeeze in a little more work at the beginning and end of each workday, reading and catching up on e-mail while moving to and from the office.

“One of the biggest reasons I take the bus is that driving on I-94 can be such a pain,” Nelson said during a recent morning trip on Route 53. “Sitting in traffic, I’m just burning gas and wasting time.”

Nelson’s philosophy was shared by many commuters on Route 53, which travels between the Uptown Transit Center and downtown St. Paul along Lake Street, Marshall Avenue and Interstate 94. The route includes stops at the Chicago/Lake Transit Center and the METRO Blue Line’s Lake Street/Midtown Station.

Between Uptown and Snelling Avenue, Route 53 covers much of the same terrain as Route 21. But it offers a quicker trip with around one-third the number of stops and also non-stop service on I-94 between Snelling Avenue and downtown St. Paul. Route 53 buses run only on weekdays, with eight eastbound trips each morning rush hour and ten westbound trips each evening rush hour.                   

Liam Moore, who boards at Otis and Marshall avenues, appreciates the efficiency of his limited-stop trip to downtown St. Paul, where he works at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Moore and his girlfriend share a vehicle, so he takes the bus to work every day.

“It’s nice because it’s such a direct route to downtown St. Paul,” Moore said.

Other eastbound commuters who travel shorter distances use the Route 53 and Route 21 interchangeably, based on their schedules.

Among them is DeAndre Lindsey, who takes Route 17 from his home in St. Louis Park and transfers to Route 53 or Route 21 at the Uptown Transit Center to get to work near Lake Street and Blaisdell Avenue. Though he could drive, Lindsey has been commuting by transit for the last eight years because he sees it as a cheaper and easier way of getting to work.

“And it forces me to stay on time,” Lindsey said.

Audrey Blanchard, who also boarded at the Uptown Transit Center, said she too could drive but prefers to take transit. Blanchard rides Route 53 to the Chicago/Lake Transit Center, near her workplace at the Midtown Exchange, and appreciates not having to pay for parking while on the clock.

“I could drive, but this is just much more convenient,” Blanchard said. “I’ve got my schedule down so this is easy.”

For Linda Griffin, riding the bus is also about convenience. Griffin takes Route 53 three times a week to the Division of Indian Work, where she volunteers. “I like the fact that I don’t have to warm up my car in the winter, but even in the summer I ride,” she said.

Route 53 customers who travel to St. Paul will have another transit option when the METRO Green Line opens June 14. Route 53 buses will connect with the Green Line’s Central Station, at Fifth and Cedar streets, and the Union Depot, the Green Line’s eastern terminus.

Though not considered a major feeder route for the Green Line, employees who work north of downtown St. Paul on Lafyette Road could use Route 53 to get to the Green Line’s downtown stations.

Route 53 customers may also someday see changes to service on the Lake Street corridor. A recent study of transit in the Midtown Corridor concluded with a recommendation for Bus Rapid Transit on Lake Street and rail in the Midtown Greenway.

BRT would cut travel time by offering fewer stops and technologies like off-board fare payment and traffic signal priority. Route 21 will continue to operate alongside BRT but Route 53 would be replaced. Select BRT trips could continue from Snelling Avenue to downtown St. Paul during rush hour.

Route 53 At a Glance

Type: Limited stop

ServiceRoute 53 runs between the Uptown Transit Center and downtown St. Paul, along Lake Street, Marshall Avenue and I-94. Eight eastbound trips depart Minneapolis each morning between approximately 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. In the evening, ten westbound trips depart St. Paul between approximately 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Chicago/Lake Transit Center and METRO Blue Line’s Lake Street/Midtown Station are major transfer points along the route. Route 21 covers similar territory as Route 53, but has more stops. Route 21 also makes stops at University Avenue and Snelling Avenue and on Selby Avenue in St. Paul.

Route Length: Approximately 12 miles

Stops: 33 eastbound; 33 westbound

Vehicles: Standard 40-foot buses

Ridership: More than 216,000 customer boardings in 2013, with an average of 859 passengers per day. Ridership grew more than 8 percent between 2012 and 2013.

History: The Selby-Lake streetcar line operated from 1906 until 1953 and was among the most important crosstown connections in the burgeoning streetcar system, with more passengers per mile than any other route. An express bus also traveled on Lake Street to downtown St. Paul in the 1920s, competing with the Selby-Lake streetcar. Route 53 is the successor of that express bus service. 

Future: When the METRO Green Line opens June 14, Route 53 customers will be able to transfer to the train at the Union Depot and Central Station. The Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis also recommended Bus Rapid Transit on Lake Street, between the METRO Blue Line’s Lake Street/Midtown Station and the proposed West Lake Station on the METRO Green Line Extension (Southwest LRT). BRT features could be continued on Marshall and Snelling avenues, connecting with the Green Line’s Snelling Avenue Station.

 

Bus METRO Green Line Minneapolis Route of the Week St. Paul

Route 30: A new way to work 

| Monday, March 03, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Few of those who work at Access Ability drive themselves to the organization’s Northeast Minneapolis offices. Many come from North Minneapolis by taking a bus downtown and transferring to Route 61, which travels along nearby East Hennepin Avenue.

Their commutes will be quicker and easier after Route 30 begins running March 10. The new route will stop directly in front of Access Ability’s offices on Hoover Street NE as it travels between North Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood.

“Very few of our people have cars for transportation so this is really going to increase access,” said Linda Cazett, who works in customer service and recruitment for the non-profit, which provides jobs and training for people who need support entering the workforce. “I think a lot of people are going to be very pleased that this bus is something they can catch.”

Providing access to employment was the primary purpose behind the route, funded by a federal grant designed to help people get to work outside the urban core. Even before its inaugural run, employers and community leaders say they believe it will do just that.

Traveling eastbound, Route 30 buses will run through North Minneapolis along West Broadway Avenue and across the Mississippi River. After crossing Central Avenue and through the Beltrami neighborhood, buses loop around the north side of the Quarry Shopping Center before continuing east to the Northeast industrial area.

In St. Paul, buses run along Larpenteur Avenue, Eustis Street and Highway 280 to University Avenue, where the route connects to the METRO Green Line’s Raymond Avenue Station. Route 63Route 67 and Route 87 will also serve Raymond Avenue Station when the Green Line opens June 14.

In addition to the new connections, Route 30 will shorten commutes for those using existing services by providing more direct service and eliminating the need to transfer downtown.

Matt Halley, the executive director of the Cookie Cart, said such a connection is important for those who graduate from the West Broadway Avenue bakery to work elsewhere. Few of the 150 youth who work at Cookie Cart have vehicles but many look for jobs outside the immediate neighborhood.

“There isn’t a lot of jobs right in the North Minneapolis,” Halley said. “But I can think of three or four [former employees] who have left Cookie Cart to get to jobs in the Midway area so a bus that goes over there will be very convenient for them.”

Halley himself may also use the route to get to work. Halley lives in downtown St. Paul and will be able to take the Green Line to the Raymond Avenue Station, transferring to Route 30 instead of coming all the way to downtown Minneapolis and transferring to Route 5.

Blong Yang, who represents North Minneapolis on the Minneapolis City Council, said he’s excited to see another form of transit service on West Broadway Avenue. Besides improving access, he hopes more transit will help ease traffic on the corridor.

“Broadway is a busy, narrow street so anything that adds more traffic is not so great,” Yang said. “A bus line like this is fantastic because it gives people more options.”

Route 30 closely mimics a former bus route that operated until the mid-1990s. The old route, Minneapolis Route 3, ran on West Broadway Avenue between North Memorial Hospital and Industrial Boulevard in Northeast Minneapolis. Electric streetcars began to run on West Broadway Avenue beginning in 1891 and the Broadway Crosstown streetcar operated from 1914 through 1950 between Theodore Wirth Park and Northeast Minneapolis.

Senior Planner John Dillery said he took cues from those earlier services while devising Route 30. He expects the new route to be draw more riders simply because there are more destinations, such as the Quarry Shopping Center. The Green Line and connecting bus routes should also make Route 30 an attractive option.

“It’s easy to start picturing all sorts of new connections,” Dillery said. “There’s a whole mix of possibilities here."

Route 30 At a Glance

Type: Urban Local

ServiceRoute 30 buses will run between north Minneapolis and St. Paul’s St. Anthony Park neighborhood. Traveling east, buses will run from Golden Valley Road and Xerxes Avenue and along West Broadway Avenue. After crossing the Mississippi River and Central Avenue, the route travels through the Beltrami neighborhood and loops around the north side of The Quarry Shopping Center, one of the largest retail areas in Minneapolis. Buses continue east through an industrial area and serve several large employers, including Honeywell and UPS. In St. Paul, buses run on Larpenteur Avenue, Eustis Street and Highway 280 to University Avenue. On the eastern end, the route connects with the METRO Green Line's Raymond Avenue Station and ends at the intersection of University Avenue and Vandalia Street. Buses will run approximately every 30 minutes during rush hours and midday and every 30 to 60 minutes in the evening. Service runs from 5 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday.

Route Length: Approximately 9 miles

Stops: 49 eastbound, 51 westbound

Vehicles: 40-foot standard buses

Ridership: Projected 700 passengers per day

History: The first horse-drawn streetcars appeared on West Broadway Avenue in 1883. Electric streetcars were introduced in 1891. The Broadway Crosstown streetcar line between Robbinsdale on the west to Stinson Avenue on the east. Buses replaced streetcars in the corridor in 1950. Route 30 partly mimics a bus route that replaced streetcar service, Route 3, with service from North Memorial Hospital in Golden Valley to Broadway and Industrial Boulevard, in northeast Minneapolis. The route was eliminated in the late-1980s.

Future: Route 30 was created through a federal grant designed to connect people to jobs in outlying areas. Service will be evaluated after one year of service. West Broadway Avenue has also been identified as a potential Bus Rapid Transit corridor. The service would largely follow the path of Route 14 from Robbinsdale to downtown Minneapolis.

For additional photos in full resolution, view the Route 30 set on Flickr.

Bus Express Bus METRO Green Line Minneapolis Route of the Week St. Paul

Route 94: Saving time and money between the Twin Cities 

| Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Greg Ruhland boarded Route 94, took a seat near the front of the bus and pulled out his cell phone. En route to St. Paul, he paid a few bills online and placed an order for grocery delivery.

The ability to catch up on his household chores is among the reasons the Minneapolis resident has been riding the express bus to work every weekday since 2009.

“I’m able to get all the details of home life done on the bus, which I’d never be able to do if I were driving,” said Ruhland, who works at the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s offices near the State Capitol.

Ruhland’s experience was typical of those recently aboard Route 94, which travels between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis on Interstate 94. Besides catching up on chores, Route 94 customers said they use their time on the bus to read, listen to music or simply relax as they started or ended their days.

Elias Kehr, who began using Route 94 last October, is among those who enjoy the free time found while riding the bus. Kehr takes Route 94 from Minneapolis to his job as a math tutor in St. Paul each weekday, spending his time on the bus reading and preparing for the day.

“I find that driving in the morning is just a recipe for frustration,” Kehr said. “This is much more relaxing and productive.”

South Minneapolis resident Brent Dahlen, who has used transit for the last 15 years, also finds his trips to and from work relaxing. Dahlen walks from his home to the METRO Blue Line’s 38th Street Station, rides the train downtown and then catches Route 94 to St. Paul. During rush hour, buses and trains come frequently enough that Dahlen rarely consults a schedule.

“I just show up and trust that a bus will be there,” he said.

Westbound commuters have also come to trust Route 94 as a reliable, convenient alternative to battling traffic on I-94.

The distinction between driving and riding the bus becomes especially apparent when there is bad weather and congestion. Between downtown St. Paul and Highway 280, Route 94 buses can use bus-only shoulders to bypass congestion when it’s safe to do so. Entering and exiting I-94, Route 94 buses also use ramp meter bypasses.

“When traffic comes to a complete stop, we get on the shoulder and it’s like we’re in a different time zone,” said St. Paul resident Yeon Jo, who has used Route 94 for the last decade. “You could spend half your life in a car. The less time doing that, the more time you have just to enjoy life.”

Another perk: cost savings.

John Brentnall, who lives in St. Paul and works at Wells Fargo in downtown Minneapolis, began using transit four years ago after doing some simple math. Brentnall puts pre-tax dollars towards an employer-sponsored Metropass, bringing the cost of his commute to around $50 a month, about the same cost of a fill-up at the gas station.

“I really appreciate the value this provides,” Brentnall said. “From a value standpoint, you really can’t beat the price.”

Felicia Lewis can relate. Without a vehicle, Lewis relies on routes 94 and 535 to get to and from her job in Bloomington each weekday. She also uses transit to run errands around St. Paul. “Whenever I catch a cab its $50. That’s a whole month’s bus fare,” she said.

Lewis lives in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood, just four blocks from the METRO Green Line’s Dale Street Station. When the Green Line opens on June 14, she said she’ll continue riding Route 94 while working in trips on the train whenever it’s more convenient to do so.

Route 94 will no longer travel to the State Capitol when the Green Line opens, so Summit-University resident Linda McBrayer will be moving from the bus to the train this summer. McBrayer now takes Route 21 to downtown St. Paul and transfers to routes 16, 50 or 94 to get to her job near the State Capitol. “I have a lot of options,” McBrayer said. “And if I’m going to Minneapolis, I know I’ll take the train.”

As commuters mix the Green Line into their commutes, Route 94 will continue to provide express service between St. Paul and Minneapolis throughout peak periods and midday. Direct trips between Minneapolis and St. Paul will run every seven to 15 minutes during peak hours and every half hour midday.

Route 94 At a Glance

Type: Express

ServiceRoute 94 travels between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul on Interstate 94. Select trips stop at I-94 and Snelling Avenue to serve St. Paul’s Midway area. Traveling east from Minneapolis, buses run from the Ramp B/5th Street Transit Center down 6th Street North to I-94. In St. Paul, Route 94 buses stop at University Avenue and Rice Street, serving the State Capitol complex before entering downtown via Cedar Street. Select trips cross the Robert Street bridge to Fillmore Avenue, where large offices are located. Certain westbound trips also serve Huron Station, located at I-94 and Huron Boulevard, to connect with Route 50 and reach the University of Minnesota. On weekdays, Route 94 buses operate between approximately 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. with service every five to 10 minutes during rush hour, every 15 minutes midday and every half hour in the evening. Service is available every half hour on Saturdays and every 30 to 60 minutes on Sundays.

Route Length: Approximately 13 miles

Stops: 25 eastbound; 33 westbound

Vehicles: 40-foot standard buses and 60-foot articulated buses

Ridership: More than 1.3 million rides in 2013, with an average of around 3,600 customers per day

History: Route 94 began in 1976, providing weekday service between Minneapolis and St. Paul between roughly 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Future: When the METRO Green Line opens June 14, Route 94 will operate each weekday from approximately 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Trips will no longer stop at Snelling Avenue but run non-stop between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Peak hour service will run every seven to 15 minutes and midday trips will operate every half-hour. All night and weekend trips will be replaced by Green Line rail service. In St. Paul, Route 94 buses will no longer serve the State Capitol and will be re-routed from Cedar and Minnesota to 5th Street (eastbound) and 6th Street (westbound), with trips beginning and ending at the Union Depot. In downtown Minneapolis, westbound Route 94 buses will be re-routed from Fourth Street to Seventh Street. See complete details here.

In the News METRO Green Line Minneapolis St. Paul

Green Line grand opening set 

| Monday, January 13, 2014 11:00:00 PM

 

The countdown to the METRO Green Line's opening can now be measured down to the second.

On Wednesday, Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh joined project partners at Union Depot Station to announce that light-rail vehicles will begin running between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul beginning Saturday, June 14.

"Starting service 60 years to the month after the last streetcar left the Twin Cities is fitting," Haigh said. "For me, seeing two vibrant downtowns, numerous job, education and medical centers and tens of thousands of people connected by this project is the most exciting part."

The Met Council, Metro Transit and project partners are collaborating with the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, business owners and community leaders to coordinate opening day celebrations at select stations along the 11-mile corridor. Free rides will be offered on the Green Line and all of Metro Transit's other rail and bus routes June 14 and 15.

METRO Green Line construction is now 98 percent complete. As construction winds down, testing and rail operator training will ramp up between now and opening day.

On the same day Green Line trains begin running, bus service changes will go into effect throughout the corridor. Service is being adjusted and improved to provide better connections to Green Line stations.

Read coverage of today's announcement in the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, KSTP, KARE 11, Fox 9, WCCO, Minnesota Daily, Finance & Commerce and at Minnesota Public Radio.

    > Green Line countdown

    > June 14, 2014: Grand opening for METRO Green Line

    > Central Corridor transit service changes

    > Good Question: How much will it cost to ride the METRO Green Line?

Reactions to this morning's announcement on Twitter.

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