Thursday, December 10, 2015
Express Commute Ham Lake to Downtown Minneapolis!
East Bethel and Ham Lake residents who work in downtown Minneapolis can skip the frustrating traffic jams and backups! Two Park and Ride locations are located a hop, skip or jump from most Ham Lake and East Bethel homes!
As a REALTOR® in the north and east Twin Cities metro, I often am asked about the commute to downtown Minneapolis from the Ham Lake/East Bethel area. It is a concern for anyone considering a move north of Blaine. A normal traffic free commute down Hwy 65 from Ham Lake by car to downtown Minneapolis is about 40 minutes. Add in rush hour traffic and travel time can stretch the ride into the city by an additional 15-25 minutes especially with winter weather or summer road construction.
Recently, Metro Transit expanded Express Route 865 to include 2 new pick up locations in East Bethel and Ham Lake. The free parking and convenient locations have attracted several commuters.
The East Bethel Park and Ride lot is located at the East Bethel Movie Theatre just south of County Rd 22 off Hwy 65.
The Ham Lake Park and Ride lot is convenient for those commuters a bit further south. The lot offers ample parking spaces and is located at Family of Christ Lutheran Church on Constance Ave just west of HWY 65.
***Check out the Route 865 schedule HERE! ***
Route 265 currently offers 3 south bound and north bound trips daily. Departure times run at just before 6 AM with a last run approximately 7 AM and get commuters downtown in an stress free 45 minute ride! Using shoulders and commuter lanes gets the riders to their downtown workplace destination quickly and safely. North bound express rides start just after 3PM with a last pick up just after 5PM.
If you are considering moving to the north metro but avoided Ham Lake, East Bethel and Isanti due to the commute to Minneapolis, it might be time to expand your location choices. This route does make the commute to downtown Minneapolis a breeze!
Need to know more about buying or selling a Twin Cities home? Let me be your professional guide. If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me, Teri Eckholm of Boardman Realty, a call or visit my website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District. Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.
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