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Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

A new kind of bus service is coming to the Twin Cities!

Map of corridors studied for bus rapid transit

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.

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