Public Transit Schedules Reduced Due To Coronavirus
Metro Transit and city-run transportation services are being cut back due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Metro Transit will operate a reduced schedule starting Wednesday, March 25. Commuter express routes will run at a reduced service level, while local routes will follow Saturday schedules in most cases. Night service between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. is suspended system-wide.
Metro Transit riders are asked to use public transportation for essential travel only, and avoid boarding buses and trains that already have too many people to allow for social distancing.
The list of changes to Metro Transit bus and light rail route operations is lengthy and subject to frequent change. Riders should check for the latest status by clicking here.
Plymouth’s Metrolink service is also being reduced starting March 25. Several routes will have fewer runs, and some will be stopped entirely. Riders of express and reverse route buses are asked to avoid getting on a bus with 10 or more people already riding. Dial-A-Ride will still operate, but will only transport one passenger at a time. Metrolink is sanitizing commonly touched surfaces on their buses at the end of each shift. For a complete list of routes impacted by the service reduction, click here.
Maple Grove Transit joins Metrolink in scheduling cutbacks to start March 25. Route 781, from the Maple Grove Transit Center to Minneapolis, will operate, but others will not run at all. The My Ride service is limiting riders on its service by suspending group trips and only allowing single trips to be booked per bus. For an updated list of bus service with Maple Grove Transit, click here.
For more coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak from CCX News, click here.
Brandon Bankston, Reporting