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Route 4

Better Bus Routes – Route 4

Photo of a Route 4 bus.

Route 4 is a local bus route providing service in Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington. It operates north-south between Silver Lake Village Shopping Center and Southtown shopping district, primarily along Johnson St. NE, 8th St. SE, Hennepin Ave. S., W. 50th St., Penn Ave. S., and Lyndale Ave. S.

Metro Transit is partnering with the cities of Columbia Heights, New Brighton, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington as well as Hennepin County to improve service on Route 4. Proposed changes include: 

  • 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
  • Installing concrete pads to improve accessibility for customers 
  • Installing new shelters at qualifying bus stops
  • Transit signal priority is being installed at select intersections along Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis
  • Bus lanes are being added along portions of Hennepin Ave and 1st Ave. NE in Northeast Minneapolis as part of a Hennepin County-lead project

Fact sheet:

Changes will be implemented in August 2024.

Proposed bus stop changes

Project schedule 

Feb./March 2024: Community engagement
April/May 2024: Review input and finalize recommendations
Aug. 2024: Implement changes 

Community engagement

Read a summary of engagement on this project 

Project contacts  

Julie Martinez, Community Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]

Media contact

John Komarek, Communications Specialist
[email protected]