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METRO C Line service starts June 8, 2019

C line bus driving on route through North Minneapolis



Join us for Opening Day on June 8!

Join us at the intersection of Penn and Lowry in north Minneapolis and at Brooklyn Center Transit Center as we kick off service on the METRO C Line!

9:30 a.m.  |  Ribbon cutting & media event at Penn & Lowry

10 a.m.  |  Ceremonial first ride(s) leave Penn & Lowry

Free C Line rides!

Experience the new C Line for free from 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 through end of service on Tuesday, June 10

Metro Transit staff will be at all stations to answer customer questions about the new service, schedules and fare payment. 

Note: Route 19 buses will operate as scheduled through 10 a.m. on June 8.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Opening celebration at Penn & Lowry featuring:

Family activities & entertainment 

  • Free commemorative poster (while supplies last)
  • Kids art table 
  • Photo station
  • Wally O’Wonka
  • Food trucks
  • Metro Transit mascot Skip Traffic!

Visit booths from Metro Transit, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, HDR, Nice Ride, Xcel Energy and Appetite for Change.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  |  Opening celebration at Brooklyn Center Transit Center featuring:

  • Free commemorative poster (while supplies last)
  • Cookies and coffee
  • Kids art table
  • DJ Chuck Chizzle
  • Easy access to the Second Saturday Pop Up Market


What is the C Line?

The C Line is METRO Bus Rapid Transit service that delivers a faster trip and an improved transit experience. Buses operate so frequently you won’t need a schedule. Plus, C Line offers up to 25 percent faster service than Route 19. And more than half of the buses are all-electric, making the C Line the cleanest route in town!

On the C Line, you pay your fare before you get on – just like light rail – so buses keep moving more of the time. Also, the bus has three doors and you can get on or off through any of them.

C Line stations feature enhanced amenities, like NexTrip real-time departure information signs, security cameras, emergency phones and trash cans.

How are C Line buses different than regular buses?

C Line buses will be 60-foot “articulated” buses with wider aisles, more seating capacity and three doors so customers can get on and off quickly. 

More than half of the C Line buses will be fully electric, completely eliminating tailpipe emissions. The Xcelsior CHARGE™ battery-electric buses are manufactured by St. Cloud, Minnesota-based New Flyer of America.

All buses will have new rear-facing, customer-operated securements for people using mobility devices. They also have free onboard Wi-Fi and USB ports.

How are C Line stations different from regular bus stops?

C Line stations have heated, well-lit customer waiting shelters and feature enhanced amenities: 

  • NexTrip real-time departure information
  • security cameras
  • emergency phones
  • bike racks 
  • seating/benches
  • trash cans and snow removal

Buses stop at C Line stations on demand only. It’s another way to keep buses moving to cut down your travel time.

What is the METRO network?

The C Line is part of Metro Transit’s METRO network of Bus Rapid Transit and light-rail service, which offers fast, frequent service at the same price as regular buses. The METRO Blue and Green lines offer light-rail service in Minneapolis and St. Paul; the METRO Red Line provides Bus Rapid Transit service between Mall of America and Apple Valley; the METRO A Line and C Line provide bus rapid transit in mixed traffic with signal priority and the planned Orange and Gold lines operate on dedicated roadways and freeways with transit advantages.

Do C Line buses cost more to ride?

No. C Line fares are the same as regular buses and light rail but the C Line offers frequent – and faster – service!

How do I pay my C Line fare?

You must pay before boarding a C Line bus. METRO C Line buses DO NOT have fareboxes or Go-To Card readers onboard. Ticket machines and Go-To Card readers are available at every station. Ticket machines take exact change or credit cards. 

How does the driver know I paid my fare?

C Line drivers do not collect fares. Metro Transit Police officers will frequently board buses to enforce fare payment. Be prepared to show your C Line ticket, transfer or validated Go-To Card, pass or mobile app ticket as proof of payment. 

C Line Map


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