The METRO Orange Line is a 21-mile bus rapid transit corridor along Interstate 35W currently under development. BRT service will initially operate between downtown Minneapolis and Burnsville Parkway in Burnsville, primarily in the MnPass Lane. Planning, design and construction of roadway and station facilities is expected to continue through 2021, with a service launch in December 2021. News and upcoming events for the METRO Orange Line can be found on the Metro Transit’s website.
An extension of service to the Burnsville Center area and the Kenrick Avenue park and ride is planned following the launch of service. Dakota County has completed a study that recommends an additional future station near the Burnsville Center Mall. Timing of an extension may be influenced on future demand for transit service within this area, ridership on the first phase of the Orange Line, and future changes to land use, employment and activity near the location of the additional station.
Orange Line Extension Executive Summary
Dakota County participates on the I-35W Solutions Alliance, a policy group overseeing development activities for the METRO Orange Line, as well as related traffic management efforts on I-35W.