Bus routes cuts reduced

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July 4, 2005 // UPDATED 1:56 pm - April 26, 2007
By: David Brauer
David Brauer

Downtown service cuts scaled back from spring plan

After proposing cuts to nearly 60 transit routes serving Downtown last March, Metro Transit has saved 39 routes from reductions or elimination.

Eleven Downtown routes face smaller reductions and nine routes will cut when the plan goes into effect Sept. 1.

Below is a list of Downtown routes that will be spared, those where changes were reduced, and those still set for elimination. (More cuts could come depending on the state's transportation bill, now tied up in special session.)

For more, see www.metrotransit.org.

Saved - Weekday routes originally eliminated or reduced, now unaffected

Route 3 Downtown-Como Avenue-St. Paul

Route 4 Richfield-Downtown-New Brighton

Route 5 Mall of America-Downtown-Brookdale

Route 6 Southdale-Uptown-Downtown-U of M

Route 7 Plymouth Ave.-Downtown-Midtown LRT

Route 11 46th St.-Downtown-Columbia Heights

Route 12 Minnetonka-Uptown-Downtown

Route 14 38th St. LRT-Downtown-Robbinsdale

Route 17 Knollwood-Downtown-NE Mpls.

Route 19Robbinsdale-Downtown-VA LRT Station

Route 25 Northtown-Downtown-Douglas Ave.

Route 61 Downtown-Roseville-St. Paul

Route 94 Downtown-St. Paul

Route 133 Downtown-Lake Nokomis

Route 156 Downtown-Southwest Minneapolis

Route 250 Downtown-Lino Lakes

Route 260 Downtown-University Ave.-Rosedale

Route 270 Downtown-Maplewood-Mahtomedi

Route 554 Downtown-Nicollet Ave.-Bloomington

Route 587 Downtown-Valley View Rd.-Edina

Route 664 Downtown-St. Louis Park-Hopkins

Route 665 Downtown-Hopkins-Opus II

Route 667 Downtown-Mtka. Blvd.-Co. Rd. 101

Route 668 Downtown-Texas Ave.-Hopkins

Route 670 Downtown-Hopkins-Orono

Route 671 Downtown-Plymouth Rd.-Co. Rd. 19

Route 674 Downtown-Carlson Pkwy.-Orono

Route 675 Downtown-Ridgedale-Mound

Route 755 Downtown-Winnetka Ave.

Route 756 Downtown-Hwy. 55-Boone Ave.

Route 761 Downtown-Brooklyn Park

Route 762 Downtown-Bass Lake Rd.-Crystal

Route 763 Downtown-Brookdale Dr.-85th Ave.

Route 764 Downtown-New Hope

Route 766 Downtown-Noble Ave.-Champlin

Route 824 Downtown-University Ave.-Northtown

Route 829 Downtown-Central Ave.-Coon Rapids

Route 850 Downtown-Hanson Blvd.-Coon Rapids

Partly Restored - Weekday routes with some reductions undone

Route 852 Downtown-Fridley-Anoka

Route 9 Bloomington-Nicollet Ave.-Downtown

- Restored: Routes 9H and 9N; trips Downtown will not end and start at 7th Street Garage.

- Still cut: Eastbound trips arriving 8th & Nicollet at 5:50 a.m., 6:30 a.m. midnight and 1 a.m. Westbound trips leaving 9th & Nicollet at 5:32 a.m., 11:15 p.m. and 12:10 a.m.

Route 32 Robbinsdale-Downtown-Rosedale

- Restored: Most weekday Downtown-Lowry Ave service on Washington reduced.

- Restored: Service 6 a.m.-7 p.m. will be hourly, not half-hourly.

- Still cut: 5:25 a.m. eastbound to Downtown; westbound 6:04 a.m. from Gateway and 6:08 a.m. from Rosedale.

Route 135 Washburn High-Downtown-U of M

- Still cut: weekday service to and from the U of M eliminated.

- Restored: number of trips serving Downtown. Route 144 Downtown-U of M-Snelling Avenue

- Restored: Weekday 6:38 a.m. trip from Edgecumbe.

- Changed: Trip leaving Snelling & Edgecumbe at 6:53 a.m. will leave at 6:48 a.m.

Route 146 Downtown-Southwest Minneapolis-Edina

- Changed: Weekday service W of Eden & Vernon aves. will be reduced, not cut.

Route 535 Downtown-Bloomington

- Restored: Weekday service to Downtown 8-11:15 p.m., though it will be reduced to very 30-60 minutes.

- Still cut: Weekaday service to Downtown after 11:15 p.m.

- Changed:Times adjusted to improve connections with crosstown Bloomington buses.

Route 557 Downtown-Lyndale Ave.-Richfield

- Still changed: Weekday route extended on Lyndale to South Bloomington Transit Center, replacing Route 597A service.

- New change: route also extended to 102nd & Portland, replacing route 553.

Route 578 Downtown-Southdale-Edina

- Changed: Weekday service south of Southdale would not be eliminated, except for route 578J.

- Restored: Southbound 6:22 a.m. and 7:22 a.m. and northbound 4:19 p.m. and 5:06 p.m. trips.

Route 588 Downtown-Cahill Rd.-Edina

- Restored: weekday service north of 78th & Cahill, as a branch of Route 146.

- Still cut: Service south of 78th & Cahill.

Route 589 Downtown-Bloomington

- Restored: Morning trips to Bloomington and afternoon trips to Downtown.

- Still cut: Weekday service combines routes 589A, B and C in certain sections.

- Still reduced: Service would be every 30 minutes instead of every 15.

Route 765 Downtown-W. Broadway-Crystal

- Still cut: Weekday service on Douglas Drive south of 36th Ave. replaced by Route 758. Service on 36th Avenue cut.

- Restored: Northbound 6 p.m. trip.

Still Cut - Weekday routes that whose cuts or reductions stay in place for Sept. 1

Route 18 Bloomington-Nicollet Ave.- Downtown

- Weekday service on Nicollet reduced to every 6-8 minutes from every 5-7 minutes 7-10 a.m. and 2-8 p.m.

- Weekday Nicollet service 8-11 p.m. reduced to every 12-15 minutes from every 10-15 minutes.

Route 24 Brooklyn Center-Downtown-46th St. LRT

- Service on 11th Avenue between Downtown and Franklin Avenue transferred to Route 27 on Park and Portland avenues.

- South of Downtown, weekday service 9 a.m-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. will be every half-hour instead of every 20 minutes.

Route 27 Downtown-26th Street-34th Ave. S.

- Weekday service north of 26th Street eliminated.

- Remaining weekday service 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. would run every 30 minutes from the current 20 minutes.

- Saturday-Sunday service on Park and Portland between 26th Street and Franklin Avenue eliminated.

- Other weekend service runs every 30, not 20, minutes.

Route 452 Downtown-W. St. Paul-Mendota Hts.

- Eliminate 6:04 a.m. and 7:04 a.m. trips from Parkview Plaza, and 4:31 p.m. and 5:48 p.m. trips from 6th & Hennepin. Reschedule other trips.

- Cut the afternoon route via the U of M.

Route 553 Downtown- Portland Av.-Bloomington

- Weekday service south of 98th Street eliminated.

- Other service cut to every 30 minutes from every 20.

Route 576 Downtown-Penn Ave.-Richfield

- Weekday service every 15 minutes instead of 10. Route 597 Downtown-Bloomington

- Weekday service every 15-20 minutes instead of every 10-15 minutes.

Route 758 Downtown-Duluth St.-Crystal

- Weekday service combined with Route 765.

Route 827 Downtown-Fridley-Anoka

- Weekday route replaced by revised Route 852, hourly.