Metro Transit buses will replace downtown light-rail trains Thursday, June 22 through Monday, July 3.
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, June 22, buses will replace trains from U.S. Bank Stadium Station to Target Field in both directions. Trains will resume service 5 a.m. Monday, July 3.
Stations not in service during that 11-day period include Target Field, Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue, Nicollet Mall and Government Plaza stations.
Metro Transit said the shutdown is necessary to allow for track repairs. After more than a decade of service and 1.3 million total light rail trips, several sections of curved track in downtown Minneapolis have become worn and need to be replaced. Crews will also improve two crossover sections and make signal and system improvements to improve the reliability of downtown rail service.
Light-rail trains make 456 trips through downtown Minneapolis each weekday, according to Metro Transit.
The City encourages anyone coming to downtown Minneapolis during that time to stay informed and plan ahead. This coincides with the Twin Cities Pride Festival and Parade June 23-25 downtown.
Metro Transit has also partnered with Nice Ride Minnesota to promote the use of bicycles. Trips booked through the Nice Ride Bike Share smartphone app are charged $1 for the first 30 minutes of each ride. Thirty-day memberships are also reduced to $10 with code “Pride” at secure.niceridemn.org/offers/pridea, offering unlimited 60 minute trips for 30 days. The Nice Ride station located near U.S. Bank Stadium has been relocated to Park and 4th Street South and expanded for additional capacity.
For the latest information visit metrotransit.org/closure or call 612-373-3333.