Our response to COVID-19

Understandably, the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has raised questions about what we’re doing to respond.

While the situation continues to evolve, we know we must do everything we can to help our customers and drivers stay safe while continuing to provide the essential transportation services our region depends on. That means staying in close contact with public health experts and being prepared to respond to any new developments.

Contractors asked to vaccinate or test employees for COVID-19

Effective, Nov. 1, the Metropolitan Council is asking existing contractors to assure employees and subcontractors are vaccinated or tested weekly when interacting with Met Council employees and/or members of the public in indoor settings where they have regular, in-person contact, or outdoor settings where they are unable to socially distance.

Learn more about the expectation (PDF)

Learn more about COVID-19

At this time, state public health experts continue to stress that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of germs by:

  • Regularly and thoroughly washing our hands
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Staying home when we feel sick
  • Practicing social-distancing, leaving at least 6 feet between you and other people, even when you’re outside

While these precautionary measures are important, they are just one part of the larger, community-led effort to prevent the spread of germs. Please continue to do your part by staying informed and following the advice of the Minnesota Department of Health.

Facilities closed to the public

In response to the state's peacetime emergency, Metropolitan Council critical services continue to be available, though our facilities are closed to walk-in traffic and many staff are working remotely.

Sewer Availability Charge

During the governor’s order on outdoor-only seating for restaurants, no SAC determination is needed for new or additional outdoor seating. However, cities will still need to notify the SAC program of outdoor activity in the event the facilities become permanent when the order is lifted. Please e-mail SACprogram@metc.state.mn.us for details.

Our fleet and facilities

In response to the virus, we have stepped up our efforts to clean buses, trains, and public facilities. Our buses, trains, stations, and select other public facilities are being disinfected as often as resources allow; the frequency of these efforts depends on staffing, supplies, and the need to keep vehicles in service.

We continue to review what additional steps could be taken, if appropriate.

Metro Mobility and Transit Link

Riders are asked to wash your hands before riding, wear a cloth face covering, cover coughs and sneezes, take precautions to keep physical distance between yourself and others, and stay home if you’re sick.

Face coverings are required on board all Metro Mobility and Transit Link buses through a federal mandate on public transportation (through Jan. 18, 2022). Visit our safety measures page for more detailed information for customers and drivers.

We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of anyone who uses Metro Mobility and Transit Link.

  • Drivers are taking extra time to wipe down interior touch points with disinfectant after each passenger trip.
  • We are fully disinfecting buses as they return to the garage.
  • Operators are required to wear masks while escorting and securing customers.
  • Walk-in customer support for Metro Mobility has been discontinued.

Contact information

Metro Mobility

Transit Link

Metro Transit

Metro Transit service continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, though some routes are operating at lower service levels. Check schedules for frequency or sign up for rider alerts. When you ride, consider the following tips and expectations:

  • While capacity limits are no longer in effect, it's a good idea to spread out when possible on buses and trains and at stations and stops.

  • By federal order, masks are required for all customers while waiting for or on public transit. Children under age 2, or anyone with a disability who cannot safely wear a mask for reasons related to the disability are exempt. Those who fail to comply may be subject to police enforcement.

  • Enter through the front of the vehicle and exit through the back when you ride.

  • Avoid public transportation if you are ill.

Learn more about Metro Transit’s response to COVID-19.

Metro Transit Customer Relations

Metro Transit contact form

Construction projects continue

Construction on Southwest LRT and regional sewer improvement projects will continue. Staff on construction sites continue to practice precautions (staying home when sick, social distancing, etc.). Project managers will monitor conditions and share additional updates as the situation evolves.

Metro HRA

Metro HRA offices are closed to the public. For more information, call 651-602-1428.

Metro HRA has adjusted inspection processes and is conducting meetings remotely. Learn more about Metro HRA's response to COVID-19.

Met Council public meetings

The Metropolitan Council will continue to hold meetings to conduct essential business. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council facilities are closed to the public and official business meetings will be conducted remotely, under Minnesota Statutes, section 13D.021. Where possible, meetings will be streamed live and recorded. Alternatives will also be offered, when necessary. We encourage you to follow the action remotely.

If you’d like to offer public comment at a virtual meeting of the full Metropolitan Council, please pre-register by emailing public.info@metc.state.mn.us

Upcoming meetings