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BEST BUS ROUTE Minneapolis 2010 - 21

Pshaw to the 4, with its posh posturing and smiling drivers. Nuts to the 16, with its two-car buses choked with scholars en route to the U. If you want to ride a bus and get somewhere, it's the 21 or nothing, the bus line that's about the journey as much as the destination. The stalwart straight line that connects south Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul takes you about as far as you could hope to go without snatching a transfer (and if you're one of those who needs to get from Spyhouse to the Turf Club, this is your only option that doesn't have yellow checkers). But it's the ambience of the 21 that puts this bus line a head above. The closest thing the Twin Cities has to the L in the Big Apple, the 21 is pure utility spiked with harrowing humanity. Go the whole way, stand before the majestic Capitol dome, and you too will be able to sneeze at every other bus line in town. There can be only one.

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Ari
Ari

Good gravy, Citypages. "the L in the Big Apple"?? The L is in Chicago. The Big Apple has the Subway. EOD. Of course a few weeks ago I heard of someone who had been given the advice, when embarking on a trip to New York, "oh, don't ride the subway, it's dangerous." Seriously, Minnesota, you wonder why people think of this as flyover country?

Karyssa
Karyssa

Ah, say it ain't so! The 21 is just fine and dandy if you don't have anywhere to be anytime soon. But when it comes to getting to your destination in an efficient manner, the 21 is by and far your worst choice. If you aren't taking a nice leisurely day trip or hitting up Lake St, leave the 21 alone.

Matthew B. Tepper
Matthew B. Tepper

Is the 10B still around? Back in the '80s, I used to live on Oak Grove Street and work at the Multifoods Building, and when I was on crutches it was very convenient to get delivered practically to my front door.

Kassie
Kassie

Funny, the same drivers, from the same garage, drive both the 4 and the 21.

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