Bus operator to shift routes for 6 services due to downtown Minneapolis construction

Bus drivers and passengers have been exasperated by delays.
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A transit operator will shift the routes for six of its services due to the ongoing construction nightmare in downtown Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, which serves areas of the southern suburbs, announced last week that it would be changing the routes when six of its regular services reaches downtown starting July 8.

"Downtown congestion is at critical point and has caused unacceptable delays during this construction season," the MVTA announcement said.

"These detours are designed to provide relief on Marquette Avenue and improve trip times on detoured routes."

The southbound routes that will be affected are 464, 470, 472, 476, 478 and 479, with passengers told that the trips will now start at 4th Avenue and 3rd Street, with stops at 4th Avenue intersections with 5th, 7th and 11th Streets.

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MVTA is the second transit operator to make public their complaints about the construction on Marquette Avenue, with Southwest Transit last month calling for an end to the gridlock that was blighting downtown services and leading to lengthy delays.

Bus operators have started using South 2nd Avenue to work their way around the Marquette closure, but it clearly isn't solving the issue considering MVTA is now shifting over to South 4th Avenue.

"MVTA plans to monitor bus trip times during the construction detour to help determine when normal routing will resume," it added.

"MVTA appreciates customers’ patience as we look for ways to avoid downtown traffic delays."

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