All modes lead to downtown

Transit provides a reliable, safe, clean and relaxing alternative to traffic. The Twin Cities’ award-winning transit system includes light rail, commuter rail, and a sturdy backbone of local, express, and rapid buses. Metro Transit provided more than 52 million bus rides in 2019.

Twin Cities buses and trains operate on the same fare system for a seamless commute. Metropass is the commuter’s golden ticket: a discounted, unlimited employer- or building-based fare card offered as a transportation benefit or via pre-tax payroll deduction.

Planning a transit trip is a breeze with apps like Transit, TC Next Bus, Moovit, Google Maps and Metro Transit’s Trip Planner. Map the quickest route, locate your bus in real time and even request an alert to tell you when to start walking to the bus stop!

First time riding the bus? Check out Metro Transit’s How to Ride page for information on fare payment, routes and stops and other resources.

Discover Your Transit Options

Metro Transit

boarding a C Line bus

Bus – Sit back, enjoy the complimentary WiFi on certain routes, and let the bus driver navigate the roads. Serving the Twin Cities with more than 100 routes, including 14 high-frequency routes operating seven days a week. 

Express Bus – Limited-stop express buses bring rush hour commuters into downtown from free suburban park-and-ride lots.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – The METRO Red & Orange Lines, and the METRO A, C and D Lines offer high-frequency buses with enhanced shelters, streamlined boarding, limited stops, and traffic signal priority. The C Line has added electric buses to the route.

Light Rail (LRT) – METRO Blue Line provides frequent light rail service between the Mall of America/MSP Airport and downtown Minneapolis. METRO Green Line connects downtown Saint Paul with the University of Minnesota East Bank campus and downtown Minneapolis. Transfer between the Green and Blue Lines at US Bank Stadium Station.

Northstar Commuter Rail – Passenger service with daily trains from Big Lake into downtown Minneapolis during the work week and for selected events. Connects to Saint Cloud via Northstar Link bus.

rail conductor

Maple Grove Transit – Serves the northwest metro with express bus service into downtown.

Plymouth Metrolink – Provides express bus service from the west metro to downtown.

SouthWest Transit – Links the southwest metro to downtown with express buses as well as the SW Prime on-demand bus service.

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) – Serves the communities south of the Minnesota River to downtown with express buses along with the Connect on-demand bus service.

Check out Winter Transit Tips

We’ve curated helpful transit resources to keep you safe and sustainable during your winter trips.

COVID-19 Guidelines

As of April 18, 2022, the federal order requiring masks on transit is no longer in effect. The Center for Diseases Control and Prevention continues to recommend that masks be worn in indoor public transportation settings.

Metro Transit encourages all riders to travel responsibly to protect their health and the health of those around them.

See how Metro Transit is keeping transit safe

Active Transportation Programs

Check out the Active Transportation Programs for healthy and active ways to get around.

Move Minneapolis Customized Consultations

Move Minneapolis offers Customized Consultations for those who live, work, or visit downtown interested in trying sustainable trips – biking, walking, carpooling, transit, shared e-bikes/scooters. Schedule a free 15-minute virtual/phone transportation consultation session with Move Minneapolis staff Fridays between 9am and 3pm.

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What we do

Move Minneapolis is a leader in sustainable commuting. We help downtown Minneapolis employers maximize success and employee satisfaction while reducing drive-alone commutes. We guide building owners and managers in implementing world-class commuter amenities. And we advocate for commuters and residents who wish to live their green values every day.

Please join us in moving Minnesota in a new direction, one commuter at a time.

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Young-Quinlan Building
81 S 9th St, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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