Public transportation

Public transportation is an essential piece of the Hennepin County transportation network that keeps our 1.2 million residents on the move.

As our population and economy continue to grow and thrive, investing in an innovative public transportation and transit network will:

  • Connect more people to more jobs
  • Relieve pressure on our strained infrastructure
  • Offset environmental impacts
  • Support economic and community development
  • Enhance quality of life
  • Carry us into the future
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Services available

Hennepin County has many public transportation services available to get you to your destination.

Metro Transit is the primary service provider for the Twin Cities area, including bus service, light rail transit and bus rapid transit.

Plan your trip using Metro Transit's Trip Planner.

Other public transportation services in Hennepin County include:

Services under study and in planning

Growing our public transportation system is one way regional planners and government agencies are working to give residents more transportation choices that are safe, efficient and reliable.

Below are a few projects under study and in the planning phase of development:

Funding and oversight

Public transportation is typically funded through a combination of federal, state and local funding.

The Metropolitan Council is the primary regional policy-making body, planning agency, and provider of public transportation services for the Twin Cities metropolitan region.

The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) was established to plan, design and implement light rail transit in Hennepin County. The authority owns 55 miles of corridors, and 11 sites suitable for future transit-related uses totaling 83 acres.

The Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) is made up of five counties in the metropolitan area – Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington. Established in 2008, CTIB pools resources to invest in and advance transit projects.

Plans, reports and studies

Sales and use transportation tax implementation plan (PDF)

On March 28, 2017, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners laid over a resolution to terminate the joint powers agreement establishing the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) and adopt a proposed new sales tax of up to one-half cent to fund transportation and transit projects. The new sales tax would replace the current one-quarter-cent sales tax imposed by CTIB should CTIB dissolve. The March 28 resolution may be brought up again in its current form, at a later date, for action by the board.

Other plans, reports and studies

Hennepin Community Works

Since 1994, Hennepin Community Works has partnered with cities and other agencies, businesses, neighborhood organizations and county residents to build the long-term value of communities, create and sustain great places, and make quality investments in redevelopment, transportation, public works infrastructure, parks, trails and the environment.

Community Works projects are often developed alongside major transit projects to help cities and communities leverage the opportunities created by major capital investments like light rail to make meaningful and lasting improvements "beyond the rails."

Major ongoing Community Works programs include:

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