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St. Paul, MN 55101-1805

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The Metropolitan Council is the regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of essential services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region. The Council's mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region. 

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Metro Transit cuts ribbon on new Bielenberg Bridge in Minnesota

Nov. 28, 2023
The new east metro bridge connects the cities of Oakdale and Woodbury and will have dedicated lanes for the Metro Gold Line bus rapid transit corridor, which is scheduled to ...
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Infrastructure

Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners agree to $75.3 million in funding for METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Project

Sept. 15, 2023
The funding will keep project work going through 2024, establishes a governance process for the project and identifies responsibilities between Hennepin County and the Metropolitan...
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Management

EPA awards $1 million Climate Pollution Reduction planning grant to Metropolitan Council

Sept. 5, 2023
The EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction planning grants are designed to provide flexible support to states, metropolitan areas, tribes and territories in the climate planning and...
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Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County agree to funding agreement for Green Line Extension Light Rail Transit Line

Aug. 22, 2023
The two entities have collaborated for several months to define funding sources and reach a resolution to close the remaining funding gap.
Management

Metropolitan Council creates new regional transit infrastructure division and leadership position

April 25, 2023
The new division will provide a more consistent approach to complicated and critical infrastructure projects that are significant in size and complexity and have substantial financial...
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MetCouncil conducts study on decline of Northstar rail ridership and operational challenges faced due to COVID-19

March 15, 2023
The evaluation results of the project offer context for future decision making for transit service in the Northstar corridor.
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Management

Metropolitan Council selects Ernest Morales III chief of Metro Transit Police Department

Jan. 27, 2023
Morales III joins the Metro Transit Police Department from New York, where he spent most of his career in the New York City Police Department, managing all levels of projects,...
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Ceremonial groundbreakers: Met Council Chair Charlie Zelle, Washington County Commissioner Stan Karwoski, Washington County Commissioner Lisa Weik, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, Ramsey County Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo, Maplewood Council Member Nikki Villavicencio.
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Metro Transit breaks ground on METRO Gold Line BRT

Oct. 21, 2022
The bus rapid transit project will run along a 10-mile corridor and will begin service in 2025.
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Metropolitan Council, Metro Transit introduce microtransit service in North Minneapolis

Sept. 12, 2022
Metro Transit micro is a partnership between the Metropolitan Council, Metro Transit and Transit Team, whose operators will provide the service under contract.
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Metro Blue Line Extension announces new project director

July 8, 2022
With more than 20 years of experience in transit and transportation, Christine Beckwith will help guide the future of the Blue Line Extension as it moves towards the start of ...

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Lesley Kandaras has been named as Metro Transit's next general manager.
Management

Lesley Kandaras named general manager for Metro Transit in Minnesota

Kandaras has worked for both Metro Transit and the Metropolitan Council and will be the first woman to permanently hold the position of general manager.
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Met Council soliciting feedback on Blue Line anti-displacement recommendations

July 3, 2023
The recommendations by the University of Minnesota note the focus of the line’s development should be on the benefits it brings to the people currently living and working along...
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Officials with Metro Transit, Metro Transit Police Department and community organizations held an event June 1 to kick off the agency's Transit Service Intervention Project.
Safety & Security

Metro Transit kicks off Transit Service Intervention Project

June 2, 2023
The project will bring together community partners to enhance social services outreach and improve Code of Conduct enforcement on the Twin Cities’ transit system.
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Metro Transit held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Metro B Line bus rapid transit project, which will begin serving customers in 2024.
Infrastructure

Metro Transit breaks ground on Metro B Line BRT

Metro Transit’s sixth BRT route promises to connect Uptown in south Minneapolis and Union Station in St. Paul with travel times that are 20 percent faster than current bus service...
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FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez presented a check to Metropolitan Council and Metro Transit representatives for the METRO Gold Line BRT. The event included local and state elected officials including several of Minnesota's Members of Congress.
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FTA, Metropolitan Council sign $239.3 million FFGA for Gold Line BRT project

April 12, 2023
The 10.3-mile BRT route will feature 21 stations and will be the state’s first BRT route to primarily operate in bus-only lanes.
Metro Transit
The Metropolitan Council approved more than $80 million in funding for regional transit projects in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.
Management

Metropolitan Council approves $350 million in transportation projects

Dec. 28, 2022
The Met Council approved more than $80 million in funding for transit-related projects as part of its significant bump in formula funding from the IIJA.
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Officials celebrate the opening of Metro Transit's fifth BRT line, the D Line, which will connect two major transit hubs - Mall of America to Brooklyn Transit Center - along an 18-mile corridor.
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Metro Transit opens D Line; its’ fifth BRT

The 18-mile BRT route connects Mall of America, downtown Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington and Brooklyn Transit Center.
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2022 40 Under 40: Ruby M. Daniels

Aug. 23, 2022
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Infrastructure

Hennepin County Board and Metropolitan Council adopt revised METRO Blue Line Extension route

The approved route modification will allow environmental, design, engineering and anti-displacement activities to continue.
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When the METRO Purple Line opens in 2026, it will join several BRT routes already in operation in the region including the METRO A Line.
Infrastructure

METRO Purple Line BRT approved to enter New Starts project development

Dec. 14, 2021
The approval marks the transition of leadership for the 15-mile BRT project from Ramsey County to the Metropolitan Council.

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Areas of Concentrated Poverty in the Twin Cities Region Endure

March 3, 2017
Since 2014, Metropolitan Council research staff have tracked trends and geographic patterns of poverty in the Twin Cities region — in particular, con­centrated poverty, which ...

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Met Council announces METRO Blue Line Extension route recommendation advanced by Corridor Management Committee

June 10, 2022
This is the first official step in moving forward the route recommendation into environmental work and advancing design where further in-depth engagement and review will continue...
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Metropolitan Council announces Metro Transit police chief steps down to become U.S. marshal 

May 9, 2022
The Metropolitan Council will launch a national search for his replacement.
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Met Council, Hennepin County release METRO Blue Line extension route recommendation for public comment

April 19, 2022
The project recommends extending the existing Blue Line light-rail transit from Target Field station along West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis to County Road 81 in Crystal and...
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Met Council: Developers invest near high-frequency transit

April 4, 2022
The METRO Green Line has the region’s highest share of investments.
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Rendering of the METRO Gold Line station at Union Depot and Wacouta in downtown Saint Paul.
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Met Council announces Gold Line project applies for federal matching funds

March 21, 2022
The Metropolitan Council (Met Council) announced the METRO Gold Line project has now formally applied for federal matching funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) ...
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Blue Line extension anti-displacement workgroup kicks off with Met Council and partners

March 11, 2022
The workgroup aims to maximize community benefits and prevent displacement.
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Metro Transit and the Metro Transit Police Department will develop an action plan that includes goals, action steps and specific timelines for implementation.
Safety & Security

Met Council hears transit safety, security recommendations

March 4, 2022
Metro Transit staff were directed to develop a specific action plan by the end of June.
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Bus ridership increased during 2021, with biggest gains on bus rapid transit.
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Metropolitan Council announces transit ridership is beginning to recover

Feb. 25, 2022
Regional transit ridership began to rebound in 2021, offering hope for Met Council officials.
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Met Council approves use of contingency funds and next steps to advance Metro Green Line extension

Jan. 28, 2022
The agreement and Met Council’s action establish a foundation for the projected opening day and total budget.