Service on bus routes 3, 7, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 25, 50, 59, 223, 350, 351, 420, 437, 438, 440, 441, 442, 444, 445, 446, 465, 467, 477, 480, 535, 539, 568, 589, 664, 665, 667, 668, 670, 671, 672, 674, 675, 677, 679, 705, 716, 755, 756, 783, 824, 825, 829, 850, 854, and 888 will change. See this page for detailed information and new schedules: http://metrotransit.org/news/stories/2010_3RouteChanges.asp
Here is an overview:
Nicollet Mall: Buses now stop every other block on the mall, and express routes have moved to Marquette and 2nd. Routes 10, 11, 17, 18, 25, 59, and 568 remain. Northbound Route 18 trips are free if you board north of Grant St. and Southbound Route 10 & 59 trips are free if you board south of Washington Ave. Routes 10 & 59 now serve the Convention Center, Route 11 now turns off of Nicollet Ave. at 16th St, and Route 25 trips to Leamington Ramp use Nicollet Ave. to 16th St to 3rd Ave instead of 10th St.
Marquette & 2nd Avenue: Routes 589, 664, 665, 667, 668, 670, 671, 672, 674, 675, 677, 756, (B/H stops) and 825 (A/G stops) now use Marquette Ave and 2nd Ave bus lanes instead of Nicollet Mall or Hennepin Ave. Routes 824 & 854 now serve “G” stops on 2nd Ave.
Route 25 Limited Stop trips renumbered to Route 825: Buses now use Marquette and 2nd Aves instead of Nicollet Mall. There will be 2 more PM trips on Silver Lake Road limited service (Route 825), 1 less PM trip on local service (Route 25). 1 PM Route 25 trip will now end at Silver Lake Village.
Route 59 replaces Route 829: Service on Route 829 has been renumbered to Route 59 and several new trips from Leamington Ramp to Central Ave/53rd Ave have been added so Central Ave now has 10-15 minute limited stop service during peak hours.
Route 250: All reverse commute service will now travel to Medtronic.
Route 351: 1 new reverse commute trip will be added and reverse commute service will now travel to Rasmussen College in Oakdale.
Cedar Grove Transit Station: Most local MVTA routes will change to add service to a new transit station near Highways 13 & 77. Routes 440, 441, 442, 444, 445, and 477 will now serve Cedar Grove Transit Station and so will new routes 437 and 438.
Route 437: New peak-hour reverse commute route from Mall of America to Eagan Transit Station via Cedar Grove Transit Station, Kennebec Road Industrial area and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 3 trips each way.
Route 438: New midday route from Cedar Grove Transit Station serving Nichols Rd, Diffley Rd, Rahn Rd, Cliff Lake Rd, Blackhawk Rd, back to Diffley Rd, Nichols Rd, Cedar Grove Transit Station every 60 minutes from 8:50 AM to 3:50 PM.
Route 440: Service will now operate every 90 minutes, and will now serve Pennock Ave from 140th St to 147th St instead of Galaxie Ave. Service will end at Cedar Grove Transit Station, except for 2 SB and 3 NB reverse commute trips to Mall of America and Downtown Minneapolis.
Route 442: Buses will now serve Cedar Grove Transit Station and 7 new weekday trips will be added. Route will now travel on Cedar Ave instead of Pennock Ave between 140th and 153rd, and buses will only stop at 142nd St, 147th St (NB), 149th St (SB), and 155th St (Apple Valley Transit Station). Buses will no longer serve the Days Inn loop.
Route 444: Buses will now serve Cedar Grove Transit Station and 2 new weekday trips will be added. Buses will now travel on Travelers Trail from Nicollet Ave and Parkwood Ave instead of Highway 13, Portland Ave, Burnsville Pkwy, Parkwood Ave.
Route 445: Midday and Southbound AM weekday service will now end at Cedar Grove Transit Station. Route will no longer serve Blue Cross/Blue Shield canopy and Yankee Dr, use Route 437 for alternate service. 2 weekday trips will be eliminated.
Route 477: 2 SB 477R trips will now serve Cedar Grove Transit Station.
Other minor MVTA routes changing: Routes 420, 465, 470, 480.
Route 783: Route will be extended to Bass Lake Rd & Lawndale.
Route 824: Buses will no longer serve Fridley Station.
Route 850: 2 new SB trips will be added.
Twins Service: New Route 679 will serve County Road 73 P&R to Target Field for all Twins home games, while Northstar trains will serve 53 home games.