Light-rail and bus rapid transit vehicles with the METRO branding logo plastered on
|Locale||Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area & surrounding suburbs|
|Began operation||May 18, 2013|
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
METRO is the branding being applied to a system of existing and emerging light rail and bus rapid transit lines in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Four color-coded lines are currently being contemplated: Blue, Green, Red, and Orange, presenting six separate projects in a more simplified manner. The system was approved by the Metropolitan Council in July 2011, but only one service, the Blue Line, was operating at the time. The branding is expected to be pushed to a greater extent as the Red Line begins regular operations. The first portion of the Green Line is also currently under construction, and stations nearing completion as of 2012 have already had Green Line signage installed.
Each route is designated with a line color, to better help passengers to identify with each route's locale. Metro Transit already operates the Hiawatha Line (which on May 18, 2013 became the Blue Line) and will run the Green Line, while the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) will operate the Red and Orange Lines.
The █ Blue Line (formerly known as the Hiawatha Line light-rail service, which opened in 2004) runs from Minneapolis and some of the city's southern suburbs to the Mall of America in Bloomington. The Blue Line is expected to be extended northwest along the Bottineau Transitway to Brooklyn Park when that line opens in the late 2010s. During the Spring of 2013, the new light-rail cars with the METRO name branding were seen in operation with the Blue Line name on it.
METRO Green Line
The █ Green Line is the name being used for the Central Corridor light-rail line project between the region's two core cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. That route is expected to begin service in 2014, and is planned to be extended southwest from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie as part of the Southwest Transitway around 2018.
The █ Red Line along Cedar Avenue in Dakota County and southern Hennepin County, extends from the Blue Line's southern terminus at the Mall of America in Bloomington further south into Eagan and Apple Valley, with plans to later extend into Lakeville. The Red Line began station-to-station service on June 22, 2013.
METRO Orange Line
The █ Orange Line runs within Interstate 35W from Minneapolis south into Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville, with plans to later extend into Lakeville. The Red Line parallels the Orange Line approximately 3 miles to the west.
- , The METRO Red Line begins service on Saturday, June 22