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Orange Line Project

Saturday, Dec. 4 – Grand Opening of the METRO Orange Line


Join us at I-35W & Lake Street Station for an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. The event, held outside the south lobby on the street level, will feature remarks from project leaders from partner agencies.

Outside the north lobby, take in local entertainment and food vendors from 2 - 4 p.m.

Another celebration will take place from 2 - 4 p.m. in Burnsville at Nicollet Commons Park, just a short walk from the METRO Orange Line's Burnsville Heart of the City Station.

Free Orange Line rides Saturday, Dec. 4 through Monday, Dec. 6!


Project Information

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

This route will upgrade and replace 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 will have competitive running times for station-to-station trips and offer a new option for reverse-commuters (riders 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 have been provided by the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the State of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, Dakota County, and the Federal government. The project is currently in the construction phase. A transit-only access ramp between downtown Minneapolis and I-35W and a new Lake Street Station are now under construction, led by MnDOT. The Knox Avenue Transitway is also under construction in Richfield and Bloomington. Orange Line passenger service is anticipated to begin late 2021.

Orange Line map

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Project Contact
Juan Rangel
Community Outreach Coordinator

Media Contact
Laura Baenen
Senior Communications Specialist
612-269-4365 cell 

Transit Information
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