The Route 67 bus — Metro Transit’s “Route to Relaxation” — serving Smith Avenue is among the routes that will change on June 14 when the Green Line light rail service begins between St. Paul and Minneapolis.
I’ll get to the details in a moment. But to avoid confusion, I’ll start with the main takeaway: Basically, everything will be the same, except the bus will have a 62 on it instead of a 67. I’ve created a handy photo illustration below:
What’s happening to the 67, you ask? Currently, when the 67 arrives downtown, it continues west along Thomas and Minnehaha and dumps you out in Midway somewhere. After June 14, that western portion of the route will continue and combine with the Route 8 bus serving Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. You can see a map here.
The 62, which currently serves Rice Street and ends downtown, will continue from downtown to the West Side along the old 67 route. The 62 has longer hours and greater frequency on Sundays, but don’t get too excited, the portion serving Smith Avenue will still have essentially the same service hours as the 67 does now.
So if you use the 67 to get downtown, there shouldn’t be any significant changes other than a different number on the front of the bus. I wouldn’t rule out minor schedule changes though, so be sure to double-check the schedule online before the changes take place this summer.