Major changes coming to some Twin Cities bus routes

The southbound light rail in downtown St. Paul on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (Caroline Yang/For MPR News)

Some bus riders may have to figure out a different route next month.

Metro Transit is reducing bus service on routes that run parallel to the light-rail line from St. Paul to Minneapolis. But the agency is enhancing nearby bus service, as well as bus routes that link up to the Green Line LRT stations. For example, a new bus route will run along Lexington Parkway between Roseville and West Seventh Street.

But the express bus service along Interstate 94 will no longer serve the state Capitol and instead go directly to downtown St. Paul. Night and weekend off-peak trips will be replaced by the Green Line. And the Route 16 bus, which largely runs along University Avenue, will discontinue overnight trips.

The changes go into effect June 14, when the first passenger trains start to roll.