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Transit Improvements

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Metro Transit continues to expand its offerings of fast, frequent bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, including the METRO Orange Line, which now travels along I-35W between downtown Minneapolis and Burnsville. Construction is underway on the METRO D Line (currently Route 5). Planning continues on the proposed  METRO B Line (currently Route 21), METRO E Line (currently Route 6), METRO Gold Line, the state’s first BRT line to operate partially on its own roadway between downtown St. Paul and Woodbury, and the METRO Purple Line, which will connect communities between downtown St. Paul and White Bear Lake. 

Metro Transit also is always looking for ways to improve its transit service, which includes making routes faster and more reliable, through its Speed & Reliability Program and Better Bus Route projects.  

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Network Next

Network Next is a 20-year plan for expanding and improving the bus network. Transit improvements under consideration include improved local and express routes, integrated shared mobility options, and new bus rapid transit (BRT) lines. Learn more about the plans and how to get involved.

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Learn more about Metro Transit’s work to beautify its facilities through Public Art, improve the customer experience through its Better Bus Stops program, expand its capacity by building a new Minneapolis Bus Garage, and improve existing transit facilities like the Brooklyn Center Transit Center. You can get involved in your neighborhood and Adopt-A-Stop.

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Light Rail

Work is already under way on construction of the METRO Green Line Extension (also known as the Southwest Light Rail Project) between downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie. Planners are also working on the proposed METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau Transitway) between downtown Minneapolis and northwest communities.

Thumbnail map of future METRO lines.

Long-term plans

Metro Transit is looking to the future while it serves the Twin Cities region today. See the long-range planning work done in our Downtown St. Paul StudyAnnual Service Equity ReportHighland Park Transit Service StudyService Improvement Plan, and the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Policy Plan, a document that guides regional transportation planning through 2040.