This week, the METRO C Line has surpassed one million rides. This milestone occurred only five months after the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line opened in June 2019.
Average weekday ridership in the C Line corridor is about 30% higher than typical Route 19 ridership before construction on the C Line and other Penn Avenue improvements began. Combined, the C Line and Route 19 had nearly 8,300 average weekday rides in October.
With expanded weekend service, ridership is up about 25% on Saturdays and 40% on Sundays.
Similar ridership increases have been seen on the corridor served by the METRO A Line, which opened in 2016.
The success of Metro Transit’s BRT lines is remarkable in part because it comes amid a general decline in bus ridership. Through the end of October, bus ridership is down nearly 6%.
Across all modes, nearly 66 million rides have been provided through the end of October, down about 3% compared to the same time last year.
Ridership on the Blue Line and Northstar is down slightly, but ridership on the Green Line is up more than 4%.
The C Line provides fast, frequent service between the Brooklyn Center Transit Center (BCTC) and downtown Minneapolis, operating largely along Penn Avenue. The C Line has significantly replaced and improved Route 19.
To help us celebrate, a bus operator performs a rap under an alter ego: