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I-35W Construction - Ride it out with us!

A stressed driver sits in congestion

Know how to navigate your way to, through and from downtown during the ongoing I-35W construction project. Minimize your stress by letting Metro Transit get you downtown and back on bus or the METRO Blue Line. Many routes will have transit advantages, making the move from your car to a bus or train an easy decision!

There is now enhanced service added to routes 133, 135, 146, 156, 467, 535, 552, 553, 554, 558 and 578. Service levels in the corridor have increased by 40% for affected routes; with standby buses and new trips added during morning and evening rush hours.

Other transit advantages include:

  • Rush hour bus-only lanes on Park and Portland avenues
  • Northbound HOV lane access all the way to 31st Street with exclusive access to exits at 31st Street
  • Multiple Park & Rides within the corridor for even more access and convenience
  • Free Wi-Fi on 35W buses

Route 535, which wil be upgraded and replaced by METRO Orange Line, now has more weekday service, as well as new 30-minute service on the weekend between downtown and South Bloomington Transit Center. View the 535 schedule here.

Upon completion of the I-35W project, transit riders will notice many improvements and additions on the corridor, including a new Orange Line station at Lake Street and a transit-only exit connecting to downtown.

Find out more about the I-35W project, detours and transit advantages at metrotransit.org/35w.

98th Street Station Area Plan & Survey

98th Street sidewalk near Lyndale Avenue

The City of Bloomington is developing a Station Area Plan for the Orange Line's I-35W & 98th Street Station, currently known as the South Bloomington Transit Center. A survey is being conducted to better understand how people use the station and travel in the station area. The four-minute survey can be found here: Blm.mn/98thAreaPlan

The information provided will help identify recommendations to achieve the Plan’s vision:

  • Enhancing the public realm to create a sense of place
  • Promoting development patterns that support transit
  • Improving access to the station for all users

Please direct any questions or comments to Michael Palermo at MPalermo@BloomingtonMN.gov or 952-563-8924.