MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Metro Transit is making some service changes it says will better align with the new ending times for Minneapolis Public Schools.
Starting April 11, schools will let out 45 minutes later to help make up for the instructional time that was lost during the weekslong educators strike in March. To account for the new end times at Minneapolis' high schools, Metro Transit announced it would adjust service times on some routes.
The transit agency says it's also doing this to maintain its current overall service "as best as possible given our resources."
The new schedules will be implemented on April 11 for routes 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 18, 21, 22, 23, 32 and 46. The new schedules will be live online starting Saturday, April 9.
Meanwhile, direct service from some high schools will be suspended. They are:
- Route 10 southbound service from Edison High School.
- Route 32 eastbound service from Edison High School.
- Route 32E (via Broadway and Plymouth avenues) westbound service from Edison High School
- Route 46 eastbound and westbound service from Washburn High School
Initially, Metro Transit said it would be suspending Route 5 northbound service from North High School, meaning there would have been no direct service from North High School, but the transit agency reinstated the afternoon route after community uproar, North High School said in a Facebook post.
Metro Transit says the changes are to "assist Minneapolis Public Schools with student transportation," noting buses will likely be full immediately after school dismissal, so those who rely on Metro Transit should "consider walking, biking, carpooling or taking a later trip if possible."