Transit cancellations in the wake of protests and civil unrest in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago are easing, with at least some operations planned for Wednesday.
Metro Transit in Minneapolis-St. Paul will resume bus service and Northstar commuter rail service Wednesday at 4 a.m. Light rail remains on hold as damage is repaired; it could resume Thursday.
In a statement on the agency’s website, general manager Wes Kooistra said Metro Transit was aware that the suspension of service because of the civil unrest “had the consequence of depriving people access to places they need to go,” and that “many of the neighborhoods that rely heavily on transit are also those that were hardest hit by these events. People who use transit to secure groceries and medicine, to get to their jobs, or to make other essential trips suffered twin impacts — the loss of neighborhood businesses and services they rely on and the experience of being stranded because transit was unavailable.
“We are working as fast as we can to get service back on the street. Our staff is assessing damage to our infrastructure and facilities, making repairs, and developing necessary detours.”
In Chicago, after a two-day shutdown, Metra service will resume on most lines on a modified Sunday schedule. The SouthWest Service, Heritage Corridor, and North Central Service will not operate; on other lines the last late-night inbound and outbound trains will be cancelled. The Chicago Transit Authority is set to resume downtown service at 5 a.m., with “possible temporary impacts.” Check the CTA website for more information. The South Shore Line, which also has been shut down Monday and Tuesday, is operating with its modified COVID-19 schedule.
In Denver, the Regional Transportation District will continue the limited downtown service it began on Tuesday, with the last trains and buses leaving downtown by 6:30 p.m. to ensure vehicles and riders are out of the area before the 9 p.m. curfew that continues through Thursday.
— Updated at 7 a.m. June 3 with South Shore information.