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Metro Transit's August 2018 Newsletter

Via an August 10 e-newsletter from Metro Transit:

Routes are changing on Aug. 18
Beginning Saturday, August 18, changes will be made to routes operated by Metro Transit, MVTA and Maple Grove Transit. You can review changes here.
Please visit metrotransit.org on Aug. 18 for new schedule information.
If you know your route and just need departure times, call NexTrip at 612-373-3333.


Get your State Fair Express tickets now
You go to the State Fair for the good, the animals, the rides and more! Getting there on the bus is a fun, blue ribbon tradition, too. Instead of driving, park your car for free and take a stress-free, non-stop, air-conditioned ride straight to the fairgrounds.

Make your plans now for the Minnesota State Fair (Aug. 23 - Sept. 3) and save yourself time and money when you buy your State Fair Express tickets in advance. And with the Metro Transit mobile app, you can save money all through the fair.

Buy now and save up to 25 percent per ticket. But don’t wait – online discounts are only available through Aug. 22. After the fair starts, online tickets will be sold at full price.
Note: Service starts at 9 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends and Labor Day unless otherwise noted at all Metro Transit locations.

Bus Bargain Ticket Prices (Aug. 1-22)
• Single ticket: $4.50 (reg. price $5)
• Group ticket (for 2): $9 (reg. price $10)
• Group ticket (for 4): $15 (reg. price $20)
Mobile app ticket prices remain at discount shown above for the duration of the fair. Get the Metro Transit mobile now on iTunes or Google Play and save now all the way through the end of the fair! Find out more about State Fair service at metrotransit.org/state-fair.


Buses will replace Blue and Green Line trains Aug. 11-13
Buses will replace Blue and Green Line trains beginning Saturday, Aug. 11 through Monday, Aug. 13 during a partial shutdown of the METRO Blue and Green Line to allow for scheduled maintenance. Work being completed includes ramp demolition, Franklin Ave. bridge work, rail box modifications and 11th St. asphalt work.
Beginning at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, buses will replace Blue Line trains from 38th Street to Target Field station and Green Line trains from Stadium Village to Target Field station in both directions.
Trains will resume by 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13.
During the disruption, customers can board replacement buses near each affected station.
> See maps for boarding locations.
> Sign up for Rider Alerts to stay up-to-date about upcoming rail maintenance this spring and summer!
 
Ride Metro Transit to the Irish Fair of MN
Get it touch with your Celtic side and take Metro Transit to the Irish Fair of Minnesota.
 
The event will be held Aug. 10 – 12 on beautiful Harriet Island in St. Paul. Irish Fair of Minnesota is the largest free Irish festival in the country and includes music groups, traditional dance, animals, sports and more!

For more information about Irish Fair Minnesota and how to get there with Metro Transit, visit irishfair.com/getting-fair.

Rail lines on pace for another year of record ridership
Ridership on the Green Line, Blue Line and Northstar Commuter Rail Line is ahead of last year’s totals through the first half of 2018. All three rail lines saw record ridership in 2017.
Northstar has seen the largest increase in ridership, which is up 5 percent through the end of June. Ridership on the Green Line is up 2.6 percent and ridership on the Blue Line is up 1 percent.
“Growing rail ridership is an indication that this region appreciates reliable, high frequency transit,” General Manager Brian Lamb said. “We’re thrilled to serve so many members of our community and look forward to building on this success moving forward.”
 
Take Metro Transit to the remaining Twins games
Take Metro Transit to the remaining Twins games! There is still plenty of season left for the boys of summer. Both the METRO Blue and Green lines and Northstar Commuter Rail drop you off within feet of Target Field. With such convenience you could probably justify a couple of more games!
Visit metrotransit.org/twins to plan your next trip (or two) to the ballpark!


Vikings pre-season games are gaining yards!
The Minnesota Vikings begin their pre-season at U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 18 and Aug. 24!
Ride with fellow fans and take Metro Transit to all Vikings games this coming season. With both the METRO Blue and Green lines and multiple bus routes taking you right to the gates of U.S. Bank Stadium, there is no reason to worry about parking fees or downtown traffic woes.

There is Northstar service for all Vikings games. Transfer for free at Target Field Station to the METRO Blue or Green Line. Learn more at metrotransit.org/Vikings.
 
Transit service on Labor Day
Metro Transit buses and METRO Blue and Green lines will follow Sunday/Holiday schedules on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3). The METRO Red Line will follow weekend/ holiday schedules that day. Northstar trains do not operate on Labor Day.

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