Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Let someone else do the driving with transit

Avoid the drive alone commute – and the traffic headaches that go with it – by taking transit to get to and from the worksite. Buses and trains reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, free up time otherwise spent by driving alone, and help commuters save money.

Commuter Services partners with three area transit providers to help commuters get to and from their destinations:

Request a personalized transit itinerary from Commuter Services, and get the latest transit schedules and two free ride passes!

Benefits and passes

Paying for transit is easy, and there is a pass program for everyone. Click on the links below to learn more:

  • Go-To Card: Provides the best flexibility and ease of use, available for one, seven and 31 day passes.
  • Transit Assistance Program: Available to lower income residents, TAP provides $1 rides for those who qualify.
  • Metropass: Companies enroll in Metropass, then share the benefit with employees. Riders get unlimited access to all regional buses and trains for $83 per month, less if the employer offers a subsidy or pre-tax benefit.

The METRO system

Facilitated through Metro Transit, the METRO system provides fast, frequent, and all-day service along dedicated bus and light rail routes. Riders can expect trips at least every 15 minutes during most of the day.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Colored BRT lines operate on dedicated roadways and freeways.

  • METRO Orange Line connects the cities of Burnsville, Bloomington, Richfield and Minneapolis via I-35W. An extensive connecting bus service provides east-west access to the Orange Line.
  • METRO Red Line provides fast, reliable service along Cedar Avenue, connecting Apple Valley, Burnsville and Bloomington, ending at the Mall of America.

Lettered BRT lines operate in mixed traffic with signal priority:

  • The METRO A Line covers Snelling Avenue, connecting Roseville to the METRO Blue Line 46th Street Station.
  • The METRO C Line travels Penn Avenue links Downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center.
  • Currently under construction, the METRO D Line will run from the Brooklyn Center Transit Center to the Mall of America in Bloomington. When completed in late 2022, the line will replace the current Route 5.

Light Rail

The METRO Green Line links downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul. Now under construction, the METRO Green Line Extension, or Southwest LRT, will add St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie to the route.

The METRO Blue Line connects downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America. A METRO Blue Line Extension is in the planning phase. The proposed extension will connect Brooklyn Park, Crystal and Robbinsdale to the existing METRO Blue Line route.

Allison Au, Bloomington - University of Minnesota

“I like taking transit because it starts my morning off with a chance to read, relax rather than be in traffic. Being on the bus ensures a chance to use the HOV lane into the downtown area which makes the commute faster for me. The added benefit of reducing my carbon footprint is a bonus.”

Commuter Challenge Winner