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COVID-19 Updates

Transit is for Essential Trips only

We’re following state and public health guidance on reducing the spread of COVID-19. To coincide with Gov. Walz’s latest order, transit continues to be for Essential Trips only – for example, going to and from work or grocery shopping. 

Effective Feb. 1 by federal law, masks are a must while waiting for and while riding transit. Keep a safe distance from other customers and drivers, wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer, and please stay home if you are ill.

Metro Transit does not plan to reduce service levels at this time. Check route schedules for the latest information.

Here are answers to your frequently asked questions

We know you have questions about what we're doing to keep you safe, and we've got answers. For details, check these Frequently Asked Questions.

Here’s what to expect when you’re onboard

Mask icon COVER IT UP 

By federal law, masks are required for all customers while waiting for or on public transit. Children under age 2, or anyone with a disability who cannot safely wear a mask for reasons related to the disability are exempt.

Those who fail to comply may be subject to police enforcement.

Distance icon  SPACE IT OUT 

To maintain social distancing, no more than 10 people may be allowed on a 40-foot bus, and no more than 15 people may be allowed on a 60-foot bus (drivers may exercise discretion).

When a bus reaches capacity, drivers will display “Next Bus Please” and inform those who cannot board when the next bus may arrive.

rear door icon  IN THE FRONT, OUT THE BACK 

Those who are able should leave buses through the back door to increase social distancing. It also eliminates crowding at the front of the bus.

Keep it clean icon KEEP IT CLEAN

Buses and trains are sanitized daily – every surface, every time. We use CDC-approved disinfectants with each cleaning.

We're also upgrading the air filters to improve circulation on light rail vehicles

Go to card icon MAKE IT TOUCH-FREE

Metro Transit encourages customers to avoid touching the farebox or card reader by paying with a touch-free Go-To Card or the Metro Transit app. Coins, tokens, dollar bills and passes are still accepted.


It’s important for Metro Transit employees and customers to work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. We’re In This Together!

Do your part

If you have another travel option, please use it to make more space available for those who rely on transit. Other things you can do:

  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or a sleeve (and don’t leave anything behind, please).

  • Stay home if you are sick. If you are showing symptoms or suspect you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, don’t ride until you have consulted with a medical professional. COVID-19 testing is readily available and, in many cases, free.

For the latest information on Minnesota's response to COVID-19, visit

Other things we’re doing

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  • Safeguarding and supporting staff. As we ask customers to avoid transit when they are ill, we also ask all our employees to be vigilant about their health and the health of those around them. That means providing free COVID-19 testing, taking temperatures when employees report to work and making paid leave available to those who need it. 

  • Listening. If you have ideas about how we can do better, please tell us – we’re listening. 

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In This Together

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Metro Transit's employees are serving admirably during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please let them know how much their work is appreciated by:

  • Sending a note to a driver you miss through this online form

  • Sending a card to any Metro Transit bus garage or light rail facility (find addresses here)

  • Sharing your appreciation on social media using #InThisTogether

  • Submitting an encouraging video to 

Learn how Metro Transit employees are adapting to COVID-19 on the Rider's Almanac.