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METRO Orange Line

The METRO Orange Line is now open!

The METRO Orange Line is a 17-mile highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that connects Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W. The Orange Line provides fast, reliable, all-day service in both directions, seven days a week.

This route upgrades and replaces the existing local Route 535 with enhanced service and amenities, and new station features will benefit other transit riders along the I-35W corridor. Orange Line service has competitive running times for station-to-station trips and offers a new option for reverse-commuters (customers traveling from urban areas to suburban destinations).

The project includes street and highway improvements, upgraded transit stations, and improved bus routes. BRT provides high quality, reliable service like light rail transit, but is less expensive to build and allows for a more flexible route.

Funding commitments for the Orange Line were provided by the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the State of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, Dakota County, and the Federal government. 

See the schedule for the METRO Orange Line

Orange Line map

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Laura Baenen
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