Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
In 2011-2012, Metro Transit studied 11 urban corridors with high-ridership bus routes that connect major destinations for implementation of enhanced bus service.
> American Boulevard
> Central Avenue
> Chicago Avenue
> East 7th Street
> Hennepin Avenue
> Lake Street
> Nicollet Avenue
> Robert Street
> Snelling Avenue / Ford Parkway
> West Broadway Avenue
> West 7th Street
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.
Two north Minneapolis corridors studied
Since completing the initial study in April 2012, Metro Transit has 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.
A Line (Snelling Avenue) BRT planned for 2015 launch
Metro Transit is advancing the A Line on Snelling Avenue/Ford Parkway as the first arterial BRT line. The A Line is scheduled to open in late 2015.
> Learn more about the A Line
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.
> Learn more about the potential extension
B Line (West 7th Street) BRT planned for 2016 launch
Metro Transit is also advancing the B Line on West 7th Street between downtown St. Paul, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America. The B Line is scheduled to open in late 2016. More information on B Line planning and design will be available in mid-2014.
Give us your thoughts
Tell us what you think about the arterial BRT concept. Email us at BRTprojects@metrotransit.org.