Regional Transit Ridership

Total metro area ridership in 2017 slips to 95.4 million from 2016

2016 Twin Cities regional transit ridership chartTransit ridership in the Twin Cities metropolitan area reached 95.4 million in 2017, down slightly (1%) from the year before.

Regional transit ridership combines the number of rides on all types of transit and by all the region’s transit providers.

See tables showing the 2017 regional transit ridership in the Twin Cities (pdf).

Metro Transit

  • 2017 ridership on Metro Transit buses and trains: 81 million – down 1% from 2016).

  • The A Line, providing rapid bus service between Roseville and the Blue Line’s 46th Street station, drew 1.6 million rides in its first full year of operation.

  • Ridership on the Blue and Green light rail lines was up 4%, to 24 million rides. Light rail accounts for one-quarter of all transit rides in the region.

  • Bus ridership: 56 million, down 3% from 2017. Ridership drop is primarily due to lower gas prices (which encourage driving), the prolonged closure of Nicollet Mall (detours and delays), and an October fare increase.

  • METRO Green Line (between Minneapolis and Saint Paul downtowns): 13.1. million, up 3.5% from year before.

  • METRO Blue Line (between downtown Minneapolis to MSP International Airport): 10.7 million (up 3.9%)

  • Northstar Commuter Rail: Nearly 794,000 rides (up 12%).

Council-Contracted Regular Route

METRO Red Line (bus rapid transit between Apple Valley and Mall of America): 270,400 (up 1%).
Bus ridership: 2,243,376 (down 5%)

Suburban Transit Providers

Total: 5,147,260 (down slightly).

Individual providers
  • Minnesota Valley Transit: 2,653,964 (up less than 1%)

  • SouthWest Transit: 1,246,752  (down only slightly when adjusted for 2016 special-event ridership)

  • Maple Grove Transit: 836,200 (up slightly)

  • Plymouth Metrolink: 512,268 (up 1%)

On-Demand Service

  • Metro Mobility - service for people with disabilities: 2,256,154 (up 1%).

  • Transit Link - dial-a-ride small bus service where regular-route transit service not available: 286,325 (down 5%)