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Route 19 service planning

In 2019, Metro Transit will launch C Line bus rapid transit service along Penn Avenue. The C Line BRT will provide faster service, enhanced stations and larger vehicles. When the C Line begins service, it will replace Route 19 as the primary transit service in the corridor. Route 19 will remain, but at a lower frequency than today.

Today, most Route 19 trips travel between Brooklyn Center Transit Center and downtown Minneapolis. There are also two branches – routes 19Y and 19H – that deviate from Penn Avenue to serve the Cleveland and Victory neighborhoods, respectively. Metro Transit is working to determine how and if to continue serving these branch trips once C Line begins in the spring of 2019.

We received great feedback on the service plan options before the comment period that closed on April 5, 2018. After reviewing all responses and weighing the benefits and impacts to both residents and customers, Metro Transit is recommending Option A. More information about both the C Line and Route 19 schedules will be available six to eight weeks before the launch of the C Line in spring 2019. Thank you to all who provided comments.

Three maps representing Option A, Option B, Option C

Option A - Recommended

  • Modified combination of Y and H branches
  • New service on Thomas Avenue south of Dowling
  • 3-4 southbound trips in the morning and 3-4 northbound trips in the afternoon
  • Trips continue to the north to serve Brooklyn Center Transit Center
  • No midday, evening or weekend service on Thomas Avenue



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