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Route 22

Better Bus Routes - Route 22

Route 22 is a local bus route providing service in Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis. It operates north-south between Brooklyn Center Transit Center and VA Medical Center primarily along Lyndale Avenue North, Cedar Avenue, and 28th Avenue South. The north end of the route has four branches, while the south end has one route deviation. 

Key destinations include downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, while outside of downtown Route 22 connects to the METRO Blue Line at Franklin Avenue, 38th Street, and VA Medical Center stations.

Metro Transit partnered with the cities of Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis, as well as Hennepin County, to improve service on Route 22. Changes included: 

  • Consolidating bus stops for up to quarter-mile spacing (see map below for specific bus stop locations) 

  • Relocating select stops past a signalized intersection to reduce delays 

  • Expanding the no-parking zone around select stops to ensure buses can fully pull to the curb at the bus stop 

  • Adjusting the route alignment and schedule, including:

    • Reducing the number of branches in North Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center

    • Eliminating the limited-service branch in South Minneapolis

  • Installing concrete pads to improve accessibility for customers 

  • Installing new shelters at qualifying bus stops 

Read a summary of what we heard from Route 22 customers about these changes. 

Changes were implemented August 2022. Portions of Route 22 have also been identified as candidates for bus rapid transit implementation through Network Next, while other segments are currently being considered as possible METRO Blue Line Extension alignments. Improvements will be coordinated as each project advances.

Project schedule  

Feb./March 2022: Community engagement
April/May 2022: Review input and finalize recommendations
Aug. 20, 2022: Implement changes 

Project contacts  

South Minneapolis Communities
Cody Olson, Community Outreach Coordinator 

Brooklyn Center and North Minneapolis Communities
Joanna Hubbard-Rivera, Community Outreach Coordinator 

Media contact

Laura Baenen, Senior Communications Specialist
612-269-4365 cell