Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
A new kind of bus service is coming to the Twin Cities!
In 2015, Metro Transit will introduce arterial bus rapid transit (BRT) – a new kind of bus service for the Twin Cities’ busiest urban streets. BRT is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience. A network of arterial BRT lines is planned for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
The A Line on Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway will be the first region’s arterial BRT line, planned for construction and opening in late 2015. The C Line on Penn Avenue is expected to launch in late 2016.
A faster trip
BRT will be 25-30 percent faster than today’s bus service. Here’s how:
- Buses will make fewer stops, significantly speed up travel time. It will help buses stay better in sync with traffic flow.
- Ticket machines at stations will allow customers to purchase tickets before boarding. There’s no need to line up at the farebox.
- Low-floor buses and raised curbs at stations, plus wider bus doors and boarding from the front and back, will speed up boarding.
- Extending the curb at stations will save time. Buses can merge more easily into traffic after serving a station.
- Transit signal priority will allow buses to move through signals a bit faster.
A more comfortable experience
Enhanced shelters at BRT stations will provide protection from the weather and a safe, comfortable and convenient customer waiting space. Features include:
- NexTrip signs
- Bike racks
- Litter and recycling containers
- Information about the route, transit system and surrounding area
- Security cameras
- Emergency phones
- Enhanced lighting
- Push-button heating
- Ticket machines for buying a ticket using cash or credit card
Learn more about BRT service. Read Frequently Asked Questions.
Learn more about corridors studied in 2011-2012 for arterial BRT in the Arterial Transitway Corridors Study.
Give us your thoughts
Tell us what you think about arterial BRT. Email us at BRTprojects@metrotransit.org.