Metro Transit provides an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike in the Twin Cities.
Metro Transit is one of the country's largest transit systems, providing roughly 90 percent of the 78 million bus trips taken annually in the Twin Cities. Each weekday customers board Metro Transit buses and trains an average of 250,000 times.
Metro Transit operates the Hiawatha light-rail line, Northstar commuter rail line and 123 bus routes, using a fleet of 885 buses. All Metro Transit buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps and racks for bicycles. All trains feature storage areas for bicycles and luggage.
Metro Transit is an operating division of the Council. Like transit agencies in most metropolitan areas, Metro Transit relies heavily on state and federal money to finance its operations and capital programs. Regional guidelines suggest that a third of Metro Transit's operating budget be generated from customers. In 2011, Metro Transit expects to collect roughly 31 percent of its budget from fares, 48 percent from motor vehicle sales tax (MVST) and 8 percent from the state's general fund. The remainder comes from federal, county and self-generating sources.
See Metro Transit's maps, schedules, and more.