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Bus METRO Orange Line

Outreach drives Orange Line-related service changes

Posted by John Komarek | Friday, May 21, 2021 8:22:00 AM

515As part of the Orange Line Connecting Bus Study's Recommended Plan, Route 515 consolidates from three variations to one.

In anticipation of the METRO Orange Line’s late-2021 opening, Metro Transit is proposing a host of bus service changes that will improve local bus service to help customers get to and from the new Bus Rapid Transit Line.  

Based on public input and nearly 600 survey responses, Metro Transit developed Recommended Plan calling for improved frequency on seven routes that connect with Orange Line stations in Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Edina 

The plan also calls for the creation of five new routes that would expand access to employers, Normandale College, and residential areas.  

Other highlights include:  

  • Largely replacing Route 535 with the Orange Line. Current Route 535 branches will be served by four new local routes

  • Extending Route 27 to serve the I-35W & Lake Street Station, re-establishing access to large employers like Abbot Northwestern Hospital, Allina, Children’s Hospital and Wells Fargo.  

  • Simplifying Route 515 from three variations to one.   

The plan will be presented to the Metropolitan Council for final approval in June. Changes are expected to be made when the Orange Line opens.   

The recommendations do not address bus service in Burnsville or areas south of the Minnesota River where the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) is the transit service provider.