Metropolitan Transportation Services

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Metropolitan Transportation Services is the operator of ADA transit service and oversees contracted routes in the metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Overview

Metropolitan Transportation Services or MTS is a part of the Transportation Division of the Metropolitan Council. The other part of this division is Metro Transit. MTS is responsible for developing the transportation plan for the region and preparing the short-range capital improvement program for all projects that use federal funds. MTS operates Metro Mobility; the ADA complementary dial-a-ride service to fixed route transit lines and Transit Link, a general public dial-a-ride service available in the seven county metro area for places not service by regular transit routes. Contracted fixed route service on 42 lines is also overseen by MTS with equipment (buses) and planning provided by MTS to be operated by individual contractors.

Fleet

MTS oversees a diverse fleet of small and large buses. These buses are assigned to different operations around the Twin Cities metro area.

Contractor Fleet

The contractor fleet is assigned to independent contractors who operate fixed route transit service under contract. Current contractors include First Transit, Schmitty and Sons, and Transit Team.

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Contractor/Garage Notes
1200-1205 2010 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5 38 American Seating InSight First Transit Minneapolis
  • Transferred from Metro Transit to Metropolitan Transportation Network in December 2018, same unit numbers
  • Transferred to First Transit in March 2020, same unit numbers
1444-1449 2012 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 ZF EcoLife 38 American Seating InSight First Transit Minneapolis
  • Transferred from Metro Transit to Metropolitan Transportation Network in December 2018, same unit numbers
  • Transferred to First Transit in March 2020, same unit numbers
1620-1634 2014 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 ZF EcoLife 38 American Seating InSight First Transit Minneapolis
  • Transferred from Metro Transit in March and June 2020, same unit numbers
6000 2012 MCI D4500CT 57 Metro Transit
6090-6097 2009 GILLIG Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL Voith American Seating InSight First Transit Minneapolis
6098-6099 2013 MCI D4500CT Metro Transit
6100-6110 2009 MCI D4500CT Metro Transit
  • In reserve for State Fair service
60027-60030 2011 GILLIG Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 American Seating InSight First Transit
  • See page for fleet distribution details
60034-60035 2013 MCI D4500CT 57 Metro Transit East Metro Garage
60036-60039, 60044 2013 GILLIG Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 38 American Seating InSight Metro Transit East Metro Garage
60040-60043 2011 GILLIG Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 American Seating InSight First Transit Blaine
60069-60084 2014 GILLIG Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R American Seating InSight Split between Schmitty and Sons and First Transit
  • See page for fleet distribution info
60101-60113 2016 GILLIG Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R American Seating InSight Schmitty & Sons Lakeville
60114-60119 Metropolitan Transportation Services 60118-a.jpg 2016 GILLIG Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R American Seating KC548 First Transit Minneapolis
60200-60204 Metropolitan Transportation Services 60202-a.jpg 2012 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX11.9 57 First Transit
63102 2013 Ford

Glaval

E-450

Universe

First Transit Spring Street
64232-64234 2016 Ford

Glaval

E-450

Universe

First Transit Spring Street
64316-64317, 64319-64320, 64322-64340 2018 Ford

Glaval

E-450

Universe

First Transit Spring Street
64389 2019 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

ECII

First Transit Spring Street

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Contractor/Garage Notes
60130-60158 2022 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
  • Ordered through exercising options procured through consortiums elsewhere in the United States
    • Twenty-six units ordered in April 2021 through options in Commonwealth of Virginia contract [1]
    • Three units ordered in December 2021 through options in State of Washington contract for Route 323 service between St. Paul and Woodbury[2]
  • Two units, including 60133, spotted at the Gillig plant in February 2022
  • 60139, 60145, and 60147 were spotted at the Gillig plant in April 2022
    • 60139 was spotted in Omaha, NE on 4/7/2022
    • 60145 was spotted in Laramie, WY on 4/10/2022
(4 buses)
  • Ordered June 2021[3]

Retired

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Contractor Notes
2600-2610 2006 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith First Transit Minneapolis
4254 2012 Nova Bus LFX Cummins ISL9 280hp Voith 30 First Transit
4340, 4347 2003 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E 39
5352-5354 2000 MCI 102-DL3 57 Metro Transit Ex-Southwest Transit 352-354.
6001-6005, 6007, 6008 1985 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
6006 12/1984 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40TB966V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
6009-6012 2001 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C21D102N4)
Cummins ISM Voith D864
6013-6025 2002 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G18E102R2)
Cummins ISC Voith American Seating Metropolitan
6026-6037 Metropolitan Transportation Services 6029-a.jpg 2003 New Flyer D40LF Cummins ISL Voith
6038-6039 1989 Gillig Phantom 40'
6040-6045 Metropolitan Transportation Services 6044-a.jpg 2004 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G29E102R2)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
  • 6042-6045 formerly sported BE Line logos for Bloomington-Edina routes 538 and 539.
  • 5 units including 6045 were listed for sale on ebay in July 2017.[4]
6046-6049 2006 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith First Transit Minneapolis
  • 6049 retired
6050 1998 Gillig Phantom 40' (C20D102N4) Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B500R 42 American Seating Innovator 850
6051 1998 MCI 102-DL3
6052-6053 1999 MCI 102-DL3
6054 1998 Gillig Phantom 40' (C20D102N4) Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B500R 42 American Seating Innovator 850
6055 1999 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C20D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
6060 1998 Gillig Phantom 40' (C20D102N4) Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B500R 42 American Seating Innovator 850
6088-6089 1999 Gillig Phantom
6671-6673 1999 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C20D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
60050 1999 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C20D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R


Metro Mobility

Metro Mobility operates paratransit service in the Twin Cities area. The area is divided into three territories. Service in eastern Hennepin County is provided by Transit Team, while service in southern Anoka, Ramsey, southern Washington, northern Dakota, and eastern Scott Counties is provided by First Transit.[5]

Active Fleet

The Metro Mobility division currently operates approximately 300 small cutaway style buses and 40 full size sedans.

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
Various Various Various

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
62067 2012 Ford E-450 6.8L V10 SMPI

TransitLink

TransitLink provides dial-a-ride service to areas of the Twin Cities not served by fixed route transit. Service started in 2010. It replaced 17 community dial-a-rides in the Twin Cities area.[6]

As of 2020, there are six service areas. The following contractors operate out of the following service areas[7]:

Service Area Contractor Operation Division Location Year First Assumed Contract Year Contract Expires Notes
Airport Midwest Paratransit Maple Grove 2017[8] Pilot Program
Anoka/NW Ramsey County First Transit Blaine 2015[9] 2020
Carver/Scott County Midwest Paratransit Shakopee, Cologne 2015[10]
Dakota County First Transit Burnsville 2015[11] 2020 Amended in 2015.
Hennepin County First Transit Minneapolis 2020[12] 2020 Operated by Midwest Paratransit until 2020, when they requested to be released early from their contract.
SE Ramsey/Washington First Transit Burnsville 2015 2020 Last MV operation entirely in the State of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020[6]

Active Fleet

The TransitLink division currently operates approximately 70 small cutaway style buses.

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Contractor/Garage Contract Notes
64044 2012 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

Unknown

Midwest Paratransit Shakopee SmartLink (Carver and Scott Counties)
64047, 64049-64057 2015 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

ECII

Midwest Paratransit Shakopee/Cologne SmartLink (Carver and Scott Counties)
64058-64059 2017 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

ECII

Midwest Paratransit Shakopee SmartLink (Carver and Scott Counties)
64060-64062 2018 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

ECII

Midwest Paratransit Shakopee SmartLink (Carver and Scott Counties)
64063-64065 2019 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

ECII

Midwest Paratransit Shakopee/Cologne SmartLink (Carver and Scott Counties)
64214 2016 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

ECII

First Transit Blaine Hennepin County
64287-64303 2015 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

ECII

First Transit Blaine/Burnsville Hennepin/Washington/Dakota County
64304-64310 2015 Ford

Glaval

E-450

Universe

5.4L V8 12 MV Transportation, 2015-September 2020

First Transit Burnsville, September 2020-present

Washington County
  • No bike rack
  • Was to be retired in 2020, remains in active roster as of July 2021
64348-64359 2018 Ford

Glaval

E-450

Universal

First Transit Blaine Anoka County
64360-64366 2018 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

Coach ECII

6.8L V10 8 MV Transportation, 2015-September 2020

First Transit Burnsville, September 2020-present

Washington County
  • No bike rack
64367-64368, 64372-64376 2018 Ford

StarTrans

E-450

Candidate II

First Transit Burnsville Dakota/Washington County
64377-64385 2019 Ford

Elkhart

E-450

ECII

First Transit Burnsville/Blaine Dakota/Hennepin County
64386-64388 2019 Ford

Startrans

E-450

Candidate II

First Transit Burnsville/Blaine Dakota/Hennepin County

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
(22 buses)
  • Ordered June 2021[3]

References

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