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Metro Transit Campus Construction

Rendering of the Heywood Campus Expansion

The Metro Transit Campus Master Plan guides the long-term development of Metro Transit’s properties in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. Collectively, these properties serve as the agency's administrative and operational headquarters. The Master Plan informs how and where the agency will expand and consolidate its support facilities on the Metro Transit Campus.

It provides a framework for the physical layout of the Metro Transit Campus that anticipates growth and responds to the rapidly changing nature of its surrounding environment.

Today, Metro Transit owns four facilities on 24 acres of land situated in North Loop neighborhood near Target Field Station.

Construction Notices

Construction Notices 

In 2017, construction crews completed a variety of site preparation activities, including demolition, excavation and pile driving, and began work on the building foundation. The exterior enclosure and interior framing was completed in mid-2018. Work on the building's facade continues. 

Improvements to the area surrounding the building will impact some employee and visitor parking areas through the end of 2018. Minimal traffic impacts are expected. 

Pile drivingBuilding enclosed for interior work


Metro Transit Police Headquarters

Project Location

This new headquarters will be an addition to the Metro Transit office building at 560 Sixth Avenue North, Minneapolis.

Project Description

The three-story facility is designed to accommodate more than 300 employees, primarily Metro Transit police officers and support staff, accommodating current staff and allowing for future growth. The headquarters will also provide the Metro Transit Police Department a centralized location, providing for effective officer deployment, and create a more welcoming entry for visitors and community members. 

The building will meet the Minnesota B3 Sustainable Building 2030 Energy Standard through several sustainable design features, such as natural and energy efficient lighting. 

Construction began in early 2017 and is anticipated to be completed in 2019. 


Metro Transit Police Headquarters Status/Project Description

Project Status

Construction is currently underway and expected to conclude in 2019.

Metro Transit Police Headquarters Project Description

The purpose of the Metro Transit Police Headquarters is to provide a central command for all Transit Police functions.

Metro Transit has its own licensed police force committed to the safety of its customers and employees. Metro Transit Police has the fourth largest jurisdiction in Minnesota. It covers everywhere regional transit buses and trains operate – currently eight counties and 85 cities. Current headquarters location is 2425 Minnehaha Avenue South, which the department has outgrown. This location was selected because of its proximity to Target Field Station, the hub the transit system, providing quick and efficient deployment to all methods of patrol.

Transit Police officers patrol buses and trains as well as perform mobile and foot beats, METRO lines and Northstar Commuter Rail. Transit Police officers also inspect fares on the Blue Line, Green Line, Red Line, A Line and on Northstar trains.

There are currently approximately 111 full-time officers, 76 part-time officers, 12 community service officers, and 16 administrative staff dedicated to one thing: public safety on and near our transit system. The new headquarters will provide the operation and support functions to Metro Transit's continued growth in ridership demand and upcoming service expansion identified in the 2015-2030 Service Improvement Plan (SIP) including the Green Line and Blue line extensions, C Line, D Line, Orange Line and other routes in the region.

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As a movement towards sustainable energy sources, the target of MTPD headquarters energy consumption is to approach net zero energy. The design will meet the Minnesota B3 Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) Energy Standard. This will be accomplished through the design process by utilizing past strategies, newer technology, controls, geothermal, and future 40 kW solar array system. The early goal in the design energy analysis shows less than 35 kbut/sf/year Energy Use Intensity. This is greater than a 60 percent reduction from a baseline office building on Minnesota in 2003. 


Bus Garage

Project Location

The proposed new garage site is located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis and bordered by East Lyndale Avenue North and Interstate 94 on the west, a fire station and industrial area to the north and east, a raised viaduct for Interstate 94 on the east, and 7th Street North and the Metro Transit Fred T. Heywood Garage, Office and Transit Control Center to the south.

Project at a Glance

The facility is designed to accommodate a fleet of 186 buses

  • Multi-level structured building
  • Maintenance and repair area
  • Operations and dispatch area
  • Indoor bus parking area
  • Bus fueling and washing
  • Fare Collection
  • Places active uses along 10th Ave with transparent design
  • Project Budget: $120 Million
  • Proposed project bidding (letting) Early 2019
  • Tentative Construction Start Summer 2019
  • Tentative Completion: Summer 2021

Sustainable Design Features

  • Daylighting to all major work areas
  • Planned underground storm water retention tank
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • A potential future two megawatt solar system
  • LED lighting throughout the building
  • Projected less than 50 kbtu/sf/year Energy Use Intensity


Bus Garage Status/Project Description

Project Status

The project design is currently underway with a target construction start date of summer 2019. Building completion is anticipated summer 2021.

New Bus Garage Project Description

The purpose of a new Bus Garage is to provide additional bus storage, operations and support functions and maintenance space to support Metro Transit's continued growth in ridership demand and upcoming service expansion.  The new garage will be located near Metro Transit’s existing Fred T. Heywood Garage at 570 Sixth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN (55411). 

This new bus garage is projected to provide 400+ living wage jobs with benefits.Rendering of the new Metro Transit bus garage

The new bus garage will operate a fleet of 186 buses. By 2040, the metropolitan area will add 824,000 new residents, and highway congestion is only forecasted to get worse. As the core of the region's transit network, expanded bus service is essential to minimizing the number of vehicle trips in the region. Increased bus service will connect people to education and employment opportunities, recreation, shopping and other activities. Providing reliable, timely service is critical to attracting and keeping transit riders. Metro Transit needs adequate operations/service facilities to meet that expectation by having buses pull out each day on time and in good working order.

As a movement towards sustainable energy sources, the target of a new bus garage energy consumption is to approach net zero energy. Through the design process we are using past strategies and newer technology, controls, and a potential future two megawatt solar system to make this our most efficient garage. The early goal in the design energy analysis shows less than 50 kbtu/sf/year Energy Use Intensity, far lower than our next efficient garage at 75 kbut/sf/year and our older garages that operate around 85-90 kbtu/sf/year. The annual utility consumption in the new garage could be half of the adjacent Fred T. Heywood garage that was built in the early 1980s.

The new bus garage will greatly reduce overcrowding at other garages. It will accommodate an enhanced preventative maintenance program launched in 2012 that led to improvements in the average miles between service road calls.


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