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. Metro Transit operates the METRO Blue and Green light rail lines, Northstar commuter rail line and 123 bus routes. All Metro Transit buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps and racks for bicycles. All trains feature storage areas for bicycles and luggage.
The METRO Blue Line set a new annual ridership record and system ridership increased for the 11th time in 12 years as customers took more than 85.8 million rides on buses and trains operated by Metro Transit in 2015.
Ridership increased 1.4 percent over the previous year, by nearly 1.2 million rides, and reached its highest level since 1981. This is the first time in a generation that ridership has grown steadily for more than a decade; annual ridership has increased 23 percent since 2005.
“We’ve really turned a corner when it comes to transit in the Twin Cities,” General Manager Brian Lamb said. “With two light-rail lines, more than 100 bus routes and a commuter rail line, the Twin Cities is more connected than it’s been in a very long time. And the benefits are profound: improvements in our transit network are making our region more equitable, economically competitive and sustainable.” See January 2016 ridership news release.
Metro Transit is an operating division of the Council.