dMETRO Orange Line
Station Planning and Design
> Downtown Stations: Operating
The 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th Street stations will be integrated into existing transit facilities on Marquette Avenue and 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. In 2009, a full street reconstruction project, known as MARQ2, established skip-stop spacing and side-by-side transit lanes. MARQ2 provides faster service and the ability to move more people through downtown at peak times, accommodating 80 percent of express bus trips in downtown Minneapolis.
> Lake Street Station: Engineering
Lake Street Station in Minneapolis is part of a major investment in roadway, transit and accessibility improvements for customers. The two-story online (median) station would be fully ADA accessible and provide a significant upgrade in comfort and safety over existing bus stops. It would also allow both Orange Line and express buses to access the station directly from the MnPass lane, greatly increasing service levels and reliability at Lake Street.
The I-35W Lake Transit/Access Project includes a number of roadway design changes between I-94 and 32nd Street, as well as the construction of an online BRT station at Lake Street, a southbound HOV lane from downtown Minneapolis to 42nd Street, and numerous streetscape improvements. The project is being led by Hennepin County in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, Metropolitan Council, Metro Transit and MnDOT.
A public engagement process has been underway for several years in the Lake Street area. A Project Advisory Committee (PAC), comprised of residents, business owners, community institutions and policy makers, meets monthly. The PAC advises partner agencies as the Lake Street BRT Station moves into 60 percent design in 2013. Additional information on meetings, proposed station design and the public art framework can be found at 35lake.com.
> 46th Street Station: Operating
46th Street Station
, which opened in 2010, was the first online BRT station to be constructed in the Twin Cities. Located between the northbound and southbound lanes of I-35W, the configuration allows buses to pick up and drop off customers without leaving the freeway. Customers will board Orange Line and express buses on the freeway level, and transfer to local buses on the 46th Street bridge.
> 66th Street Station: Conceptual Design
66th Street Station in Richfield is a smaller neighborhood station that will cater to walking, biking and bus transfers. Due to the recent reconstruction of I-35W over 66th Street, the northbound and southbound platforms will be located on I-35W ramps instead of in the center of the bridge. Long-term, when the bridge needs reconstruction, a 66th Street Orange Line stop could be relocated to be a median station like at 46th Street.
A draft concept for the 66th Street Station has been developed for public feedback. The station design will inform the development of related projects like the 66th Street roadway redesign, as well as ongoing Orange Line implementation planning.
> American Boulevard Station: Planning
Station improvements for American Boulevard are being integrated into planning for larger interchange design. The existing Knox Avenue park-and-ride lot in Richfield, built on MnDOT right-of-way needed for the interchange, will be relocated and replaced with a new parking ramp at the American Boulevard station.
Two alignments are currently being studied through this area. In the first option, the Orange Line would stay on I-35W, stopping at a new two-story online (median) station, similar to the existing BRT station on I-35W at 46th Street. The second option would bring the Orange Line to two sidewalk-adjacent stations along the alignment of Knox Avenue through Southtown, either via 82nd Street or a new center-running transit ramp to the American Boulevard bridge. This option would require connecting Knox Avenue across I-494, and would allow for stations in both Bloomington and Richfield.
Concurrent city planning focuses long-term redevelopment in the Penn American District, an area that is adjacent to American Boulevard Station. There will be a public hearing for the draft Penn American District Plan at the Bloomington City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2. For more information on the Penn American District Plan, visit the project website, or call 952-563-8920 and ask for City Planner Julie Farnham or Jason Schmidt.
> 98th Street Station: Conceptual Design
98th Street Station in Bloomington will be informed by a preliminary station design developed in 2011. This original design assumed that the southbound platform would be located on Dupont Avenue South at 98th Street, about 1,700 feet from the planned northbound platform at South Bloomington Transit Center. A concentrated design effort in fall 2013 will help provide guidance on whether this original design is feasible, if additional components are needed, or if alternate locations for the designed southbound platform should be considered.
A draft concept for the 98th Street Station has been developed for public feedback. Like 66th Street, this station could be replaced long-term with the reconstruction of the 98th Street Interchange, and relocated to the freeway median.
> Burnsville Transit Station: Conceptual Design
Burnsville Transit Station, operated by MVTA, is a high-quality, existing station and park-and-ride facility that provides key connections to the south metro. Vehicle loading and layover space at Burnsville Transit Station is currently at a premium, and design work is needed to help explore options for expanding the facility to accommodate BRT. Conceptual planning for the expansion begins in November 2013.