Arterial Transitway Corridors Study
In 2011-2012, Metro Transit studied 11 urban corridors with high-ridership bus routes that connect major destinations for implementation of enhanced bus service.
Bus rapid transit (BRT) in these corridors would improve travel speed, increase reliability, enhance the ride and create faster connections. Making these things a reality requires eliminating delays: from cutting the time it takes to board, reducing the time buses wait at traffic lights and lessening time spent in traffic congestion.
An arterial BRT system would have vehicles that feature low floors and allow boarding from either door. Fares would be paid before boarding – just as on light rail – so more time is spent moving rather than at bus stops. Trips would be frequent with fewer stops per mile. Stations would have enhanced information displays and better lighting and radiant heat.
Planners measured each of the corridors against 17 criteria supporting 5 project goals. See those Corridor Evaluation Measures as well as performance projections in the Technical Result Summary.
Addendum: Two north Minneapolis corridors studied
After completing the initial study in April 2012, Metro Transit also explored potential for the arterial BRT concept in two additional corridors: Chicago-Fremont, which extends the concept from Chicago Avenue into north Minneapolis on Fremont and Emerson avenues; and a new corridor, Penn Avenue.
More information on next steps
The A Line on Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway will be the first region’s arterial BRT line, planned for construction in 2015.
In November 2013, the Metropolitan Council announced that it will also evaluate a future extension of the A Line from Rosedale Center in Roseville north to the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant property in Arden Hills.
The B Line would run on West 7th Street between downtown St. Paul, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America. Initially scheduled to open in late 2016, the B Line project is now on hold as Ramsey County studies transit in the Riverview Corridor for future implementation.
The C Line on Penn Avenue slated for construction and opening in 2017 (timeline is subject to change).