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Twin Cities Welcome Red Line BRT Service

Metro Transit in Minneapolis/St. Paul introduced the community to its newest service, the Metro Red Line, with public events June 22 at major stations and free rides through June 30 on the line and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) connecting bus routes.

The new Bus Rapid Transit line operates between Apple Valley, MN, and the Mall of America, with additional stops at 147th Street and 140th Street in Apple Valley and the Cedar Grove Station in Eagan. It meets up with Metro Blue Line light rail at the Mall of America.

The line’s vehicles operate on new bus-only shoulder lanes along Cedar Avenue and Highway 77. Amenities along the way include level boarding and real-time signs.

Local officials and project partners participated in a celebratory event at the Apple Valley Transit Station. Minnesota Twins mascot T.C. Bear visited that station, and the Minnesota Zoo provided opening-day activities and prizes for children at the Cedar Grove Station.

“This is just a great day for this community, and for our region, as we launch this new Metro Red Line,” said Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh at the Apple Valley program. “Collaboration works, and we’re so grateful to the many local partners who made this day possible.”

Funding for the project came from federal, state, and regional sources, the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB), Dakota County, Apple Valley, and Lakeville.

The Metro Red Line is a collaborative effort of the Metropolitan Council, Dakota County and its regional railroad authority, MVTA, Metro Transit, CTIB, Minnesota DOT, the Mall of America, and the cities of Lakeville, Eagan, Apple Valley, and Bloomington, as well as local businesses in communities near the corridor.

Riders await the arrival of a southbound Metro Red Line bus June 22 at the Cedar Grove Station, one of five stops on Metro Transit's new Bus Rapid Transit service. 


 

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