Free bus rides to help commuters cope

Metro Transit announced on Friday that express bus service to Downtown from a dozen park-and-ride lots will be free next week from Monday, Aug. 6 through Friday, Aug. 10 to help commuters cope with congestion.

The 12 lots were chosen because Metro Transit has extra parking space available at the lots. Extra buses will be deployed to deal with anticipated demand.

From a written Metro Transit statement: “We hope more commuters will consider using transit or carpooling rather than driving alone, escaping the stress of driving in heavy traffic and easing congestion for everyone,” said Brian Lamb, Metro Transit general manager. “Metro Transit is working on more transportation options for north metro commuters.  We will have information on those expanded plans in the days ahead.”

Return service on the express buses to the 12 sites is also free next week.

The bus routes and locations of the lots:
Blaine
Northtown Shopping Center – 85th/Jefferson – Routes 852, 854

Brooklyn Center
Regal Cinemas – Hwy. 252/I-94 – Route 766
Brooklyn Blvd./65th Ave. N.—Route 760

Brooklyn Park
63rd Ave./County Rd. 81 (Bottineau Blvd) – Route 767
Hwy. 252/73rd Ave. – Route 766
Hwy. 610/Noble Ave. – Route 766

Coon Rapids
Foley Blvd./Hwy. 610 – Routes 850, 852

Maplewood
Maplewood Mall – Beam/Southlawn – Routes 270, 272
Hmong Alliance Church, near County Rd. C/Hwy. 61 – Routes 270, 272

Moundsview
County Rd. H/I-35W – Route 250

Oakdale
Guardian Angels Church –  Inwood Ave. (Radio Dr.)/4th St. – Routes 375, 353

Roseville
Grace Church Roseville at Hamline Ave./County Rd. B2 – Routes 260, 261

Additional information and an automated trip planner are available on the Metro Transit website at www.metrotransit.org.