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Metro Transit services to reduce by around 40% starting Wednesday

It's part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, amid a decrease in demand for transit.

Metro Transit services will be reduced by around 40 percent, as part of the transportation provider's efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Starting Wednesday, routes will be running reduced services in response to the dramatic drop in demand because of the pandemic.

It'll mean that most routes will be running Saturday schedules, while both bus and light rail service will be suspended between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.

You can find a full list of schedule changes here.

The Blue and Green Line light rails services as well as the Red Line rapid transit will be operating services every 20 minutes.

Meanwhile the Metro C Line will be operating on Saturday schedules, while the A Line will run a normal weekday service.

The Northstar will shut down at weekend, and during weekdays will only operate 2 services, leaving Big Lake Station at 5:48 a.m. and 7:18 a.m., and Target Field Station at 4:27 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Metro Transit is asking residents to use transit for "essential travel only," and requires passengers to exit out the back door of buses and keep their distance from other travelers, particularly the driver.

"When boarding, if the bus or train does not have space to allow adequate social distancing, wait for the next one, if possible," it adds.

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Since the state started shutting down at the governor's orders, bus and light rail riderships has decreased by 60 percent, while Northstar ridership has dropped 90 percent.

“We understand these changes will create inconveniences, but we also know that we must adapt to adequately address this public health emergency," Metro Transit General Manager Wes Kooistra said.

"These changes will also allow us to provide more reliable service as we focus limited resources on meeting our new schedules."

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