New Metro Transit bus route launches with city's first electric fleet

After years in the making, the C Line made its big debut on Saturday.
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Metro Transit took two bold steps forward with the launch of the new "C Line" bus route this weekend.

One was the opening of a faster, more efficient bus service; the other was the debut of a new fleet of electric buses.

C Line officially opened for business on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

What it offers riders

Starting in the downtown area and ending at the Brooklyn Center Transit Center, the line gives north Minneapolis access to wider public transit services.

“This links the community of north Minneapolis into the entire regionalized network of transportation,” said one member of the Met Council (which operates Metro Transit), per WCCO. 

The C Line is a rapid transit service, which means the buses will make fewer stops and "operate so frequently you won’t need a schedule," according to the Metro Transit website. 

The service claims the C Line is "up to 25 percent faster service than Route 19."

What it does for the environment

More than half of the buses comprising the C Line fleet are "fully electric" and don't have a tailpipe, therefore no emissions. 

Powered by "Xcelsior CHARGE" batteries, the buses were manufactured by St. Cloud, Minnesota-based New Flyer of America.

Metro Transit's first electric bus officially debuted back in February with a "ceremonial around-the-block ride," as the Star Tribune noted at the time. 

Get a free ride while you can

In celebration of its debut, C Line rides are free through end of service on Monday, June 10. 

Fares for the new route are the same as all other Metro Transit routes. 

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