Metro Transit to eliminate a number of bus services due to low ridership

Ridership numbers have dipped this year.
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Metro Transit has announced it's eliminating journeys on a number of bus services in the wake of low ridership in the 3rd quarter.

In a presentation to the Metropolitan Council's Transportation Committee on Monday, the Twin Cities' largest transit provider will reveal ridership has dipped 2 percent as of the end of September compared to last year.

While light rail user numbers are up 3 percent, the number of rides being taken on local buses has fallen by 4 percent, while Express Bus users have dropped 8 percent.

In the wake of the numbers, Metro Transit has announced a number of changes to its services starting Dec. 1, which includes journeys being eliminated, routes running less frequently, certain routes being shortened, and some reinstated.

Among the changes includes the elimination of the Route 20 bus between the Northstar Terminal at Target Field and southern downtown Minneapolis, while a number of very early morning express runs from the southern and western suburbs will end.

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Service reductions include Route 21, which the Star Tribune reports will now run every 10 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays compared to 7 minutes before.

Some of the services being reinstated include some of those scrapped in August because of a severe driver shortage.

You can find a full list of affected routes here, and here's a look at the ones being eliminated.

ROUTE 16: Route will no longer run west of Fairview Ave. Station. Weekday and Saturday service to be eliminated after 9 p.m., and after 8:30 p.m. Sundays.

ROUTE 20: Route eliminated due to low ridership.

ROUTE 25 Southbound trip at 5:05 p.m. will no longer operate south of downtown. Northbound trip from Leamington Ramp at 6:33 p.m. eliminated.

ROUTE 46: Weekday westbound trip leaving 46th Street Station at 3:06 p.m. eliminated. Eastbound trip on Saturdays leaving 46th and Nicollet at 6:08 a.m. eliminated, as are trips from Eden & Vernon at 6:31 p.m. and 7:31 p.m. Westbound Saturday trip leaving 46th St. Station at 6:12 a.m. and from 7th St. & Madison at 6:30 p.m. also eliminated, as are Sunday trips eastbound from 46th and Nicollet at 8:08 a.m. and westbound from7th and Madison at 4:30 p.m.

ROUTE 67: Weekday eastbound trip from Franklin Ave. Station at 5:41 a.m. eliminated. Weekend morning and night services to be reduced.

ROUTE 71: Northbound Sunday services at Robert & 6th starting at 6:05 a.m., 7:05 a.m., and 12:05 a.m. will be eliminated. Southbound Sunday trips from Sloan & Roselawn at 6:33 a.m. and 11:36 p.m. also eliminated.

ROUTE 84: Service will no longer run north of Snelling Ave. & Como Ave.

ROUTE 133/135Northbound Route 133 leaving 1000 46th St. E. at 5:19 a.m. eliminated. Northbound Route 135 trip leaving 48th St. and Grand at 5:29 a.m. also eliminated.

ROUTE 146Northbound trip leaving Eden & Vernon at 5:10 a.m. eliminated.

ROUTE 156/558Northbound Route 156 leaving Lyndale and 56th St. at 5:01 a.m. eliminated. Northbound Route 558 leaving 70th St. and Nicollet at 4:55 a.m. also scrapped.

ROUTE 552/553Northbound Route 552 leaving 10th and Old Shakopee at 5:05 a.m. eliminated, same with northbound Route 553 leaving 10th & Old Shakopee at 5:07 a.m.

ROUTE 554Northbound trip leaving 104th St. and Bloomington Freeway Rd. at 4:59 a.m. eliminated.

ROUTE 578Northbound trip leaving Southdale Transit Center at 5:17 a.m. eliminated.

ROUTE 668Eastbound trip leaving 2nd St. and Tyler at 8:16 a.m. will be eliminated.

ROUTE 755Northbound trip leaving Gateway Ramp at 6:11 p.m. will be eliminated, as will the southbound trip leaving Nathan Ln. and Bass Lake Rd. at 5:33 p.m. 

ROUTE 761Northbound trip leaving 12th St. and Hennepin Ave. at 5:37 p.m. eliminated.

ROUTE 763Southbound trip leaving 73rd Ave. and France at 8:09 a.m. eliminated, as is the northbound trip leaving 12th St. and Hennepin Ave. at 5:39 p.m..

ROUTE 766Northbound trips leaving Leamington Ramp at 8:31a.m. and 1:37 p.m. eliminated, as are southbound trips from 4th Ave and Monroe at 2:35 p.m., and Richardson Park & Ride at 3:34 p.m. and 5:14 p.m.

ROUTE 780: Southbound trip leaving Weaver Lake Rd. and Fish Lake Rd. at 5:53 a.m. eliminated.

ROUTE 854Southbound trip leaving Paul Pkwy and Hwy. 65 at 6:50 a.m. and northbound trip departing 11th St. and 2nd Ave. S. at 4:50 p.m. will be eliminated.

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