West End & Route 9 changes
Metro Transit updated routes in this area to meet growing employment and residential needs, changing travel patterns and new demographics.
On Aug. 19, 2017, major changes were implemented on Routes 9, 25, 604, 649 and 675 in Minneapolis, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and Minnetonka, centered around the West End near I-394 & Hwy. 100.
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Simplified from six to three branches.
> on Cedar Lake Rd. between Penn and Glenwood
> Route 9H service south of I-394 along Cedar Lake Pkwy., Cedar Lake Rd. and Ewing/France
Route 9H service on 26th St. and Barry St. was replaced by Route 25.
Route 9D service on Wayzata Blvd. west of Zarthan was replaced by new Route 645.
At France and Cedar Lake avenues, the route was revised to serve eliminated segments of routes 9H and 649. The four-block segment on France between Cedar Lake Ave. and Lake St. was eliminated. Alternate service is available on Lake St. via Route 17.
South of downtown, four a.m. trips from downtown and two p.m. trips to downtown were eliminated due to low ridership.
The portion of the route between Louisiana Transit Center and Park Place Boulevard was eliminated and replaced by new Route 645.
Route 649 was eliminated and replaced by routes 9, 25 and new Route 645. Customers boarding on Louisiana Ave. and Cedar Lake Rd. west of Park Place are instead served by Route 9.
Customers boarding on Cedar Lake Rd. east of Hwy. 100 are instead served by Route 25.
Those using the Park Place Park & Ride and those commuting to West End jobs on Route 649 are served by new Route 645 with a downtown routing on Marquette and 2nd Ave. S.
Route 675/new Route 645
Express Route 675 became new limited-stop Route 645, which travels on local streets between Park Place and Louisiana Transit Center, thus offering less expensive (local fare) service between downtown Minneapolis and the West End via I-394 all days of the week. Travel time between the West End and downtown is approximately 10 minutes. Buses operate on Marquette and 2nd Ave. S. through downtown.
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• Call: Customer Relations at 612-373-3333
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> See the full West End & Route 9 Report and Plan here.