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All aboard! New Orange Line bus route opening this weekend

Commuters will have a lot more options from the south metro to downtown Minneapolis.
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MINNEAPOLIS — A new bus route will soon offer riders frequent stops from the south metro to downtown Minneapolis. 

The Metro Transit Orange Line is a 17-mile bus rapid transit line that will connect Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville along I-35W.

It will provide all-day service in both directions, seven days a week.

Metro Transit is offering free rides on the Orange Line from Saturday, Dec. 4 through Monday, Dec. 6.

This route replaces the existing local Route 535.

This weekend's grand opening celebrations will take place at two locations this Saturday: the I-35W & Lake Street Station in Minneapolis and Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville, both from 2 to 4 p.m.