Metro Transit to begin express service from Oakdale

Metro Transit, on Monday, Dec. 5, will launch new express bus service linking the eastern suburbs of St. Paul with downtown Minneapolis.

Route 375 will offer four daily roundtrips with nonstop service from a new 150-car park-and-ride lot at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale to downtown Minneapolis. Morning departures are at 6:13 a.m., 6:41 a.m., 7:10 a.m. and 7:37 a.m. Trip time to the heart of downtown Minneapolis is about 35 minutes regardless of traffic congestion because Metro Transit buses have exclusive use of shoulders on I-94 for almost the entire length of the route.

Return service leaves 6th and Hennepin at 3:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. In addition, Metro Transit will offer two later departures at 5:40 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. on Route 353 that will be extended to the Guardian Angels park-and-ride.

“One of Metro Transit’s missions is to reduce congestion in heavily traveled corridors,” said Brian Lamb, general manager. “The Guardian Angels park-and-ride is just north of I-94 at Inwood Avenue/Radio Drive. Its proximity to I-94 will be attractive to commuters from Woodbury, Oakdale, Lake Elmo and even Hudson, Wis. Intercepting those cars before they enter the urban core accomplishes our goal.”

Lamb said the new route also provides some relief to Metro Transit’s highly successful express service between Woodbury and Minneapolis, a route whose three park-and-ride lots are near capacity.

The cash fare for the new service is $2.75 each way with discounts available for those who buy SuperSaver transit passes.

For trip planning services, customers can speak with a representative at 373-3333 or use the automated trip planner at metrotransit.org.

Metro Transit, a service of the Metropolitan Council, is the nation’s 11th largest bus system and operates the Hiawatha light-rail line. Customers board its buses and trains more than 240,000 times each weekday.

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