The full list of changes can be seen at the Metro website here:
I’m just going to mention the changes that I think are most important/useful, and which I have opinions on:
Routes 19, 23, 67, and 87 will have more frequent service on Sundays, especially Sunday evenings (one of the worst times of the week for bus riders). I support this because even on Sunday night, people want to get home without freezing for half an hour at a bus stop.
Route 30 will be extended from Knox Ave. N. to Xerxes Ave. N. in the mornings. This is good, as I believe the 30 should eventually take over from the 14 branch which runs on Golden Valley Road.
Route 32 will now run on Saturdays as well as weekdays. This is the Lowry Ave. crosstown which runs from Robbinsdale to Rosedale. This is especially a blessing to people wishing to access the Roseville Post Office.
Route 46 will extend its last runs on weekends all the way to the Edina Library. This is probably good for people who live at the west end of the route.
Route 54 will have a new run at 3:05 AM, 7 days a week, from downtown Saint Paul to the Airport for people who work the early shift.
Route 84 will get a few extra runs in the early evenings, Monday through Saturday.
Routes 275 and 285 are being combined into a new Route 275. The old Centerville and Lino Lakes Park and Rides are being replaced with new ones closer to I-35E. As a practical matter, this may be more efficient, but personally I will miss the old route because it was descended from the “Commuter I” route of the old North Suburban Lines, which started in the late 1970s. Another piece of history down the drain….
Route 764 is being extended to Maple Plain! Unfortunately, the route between Long Lake and Maple Plain goes quite far out of its way to avoid running through Medina, which isn’t a member of the Metropolitan Transit Taxing District.
Routes 805, 831, and 852 are being better coordinated. I absolutely support this, as I have had to transfer at Northtown from the 852 to the 805 and have had close calls with missing the bus. Sometimes I-94 is congested and that makes the 852 unreliable. A 15 minute window at rush hour instead of the usual 8 minutes is a blessing.