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Transit Improvements

Metro Transit works with community members, elected officials, cities and federal partners to build tomorrow's transportation system. Here are several projects that will enhance transit in the future.

Under construction/In design

> Southwest Transitway (Green Line extension)
The proposed Southwest Transitway would link the southwest metro with downtown Minneapolis, traveling in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins and St. Louis Park.

> A Line (Snelling Bus Rapid Transit)
An urban bus rapid transit line with improved service and enhanced stations is slated to open in 2015, serving Roseville, Falcon Heights, St. Paul and south Minneapolis.

> Downtown St. Paul Transit Improvements
Four key station areas in downtown St. Paul are being improved with new shelters, signage, public art, security features and bicycle amenities.

> Ladders of Opportunity
Investing in bus stop and customer waiting shelter improvements that enhance access to employment and educational opportunities.


Transit project analysis underway now

> Service Improvement Plan
Metro Transit is developing a 10- to 15-year comprehensive service improvement plan to expand the bus system. Review the draft plan and provide comments by Nov. 30.

> I-35W Transit/Access Project
Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit and MnDOT are proposing transit- and transportation-related improvements near I-35W, Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway, including a transit station and freeway ramp improvements. 

> Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis
Metro Transit is leading an alternatives analysis to improve east-west travel in south Minneapolis. The Midtown Greenway and Lake Street will be studied for future bus rapid transit (BRT), streetcar or light-rail transit (LRT) improvements.

> Arterial Transit 
New, enhanced Bus Rapid Transit service is being planned in high-demand urban corridors. These buses stop less and serve stations with additional customer information and fare payment machines so travel speeds are much faster than local service.

> Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study
The City of Minneapolis is studying potential transit enhancements on Nicollet and Central avenues. The study will determine the benefits, costs and impacts of a variety of transit modes and service types, including streetcar and enhanced bus options, along the corridor.

> St. Paul East Side Existing Conditions Report
The Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority and its partners, including Metro Transit, will engage residents and businesses in St. Paul's East Side in a conversation about transit service in that area of St. Paul. As part of the effort, Metro Transit evaluated current transit service there.

> METRO Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit
The METRO Orange Line will use roadway improvements, upgraded transit stations and Bus Rapid Transit service to provide a fast, frequent and reliable all-day route on I-35W between Minneapolis and Burnsville.


Moving the community forward with technology and green operations

> Transit Technologies
Learn about innovations that improve your trip, such as real-time bus departure information, "smart" Park & Ride facilities, communication between buses and traffic signals and buses that announce their location.

> Go Greener Initiative
By using hybrid buses and the latest generation of clean fuels, Metro Transit is helping the Twin Cities save more than the price of gas.

> Transit Advantages
Transit works best when it can avoid general traffic congestion. Here's how Metro Transit keeps you moving.

> Adopt-A-Shelter
Individuals, businesses and community groups can show neighborhood pride by caring for a nearby transit stop.


Long-range planning

> Transportation Policy Plan
The Metropolitan Council adopted this long-range plan to slow the growth in traffic congestion and improve mobility through construction of transitways.

> Access Minneapolis
The City's 10-year transportation plan addresses improvements for transit, bicycling and walking in downtown.

> Downtown Minneapolis 2025 Plan
This plan was developed by the Minneapolis Downtown Council, with a membership that spans the City and its western suburbs. The 10-point plan calls for a thriving, livable, green, connected, exciting and welcoming downtown.


Previous projects / transit studies

> METRO Green Line (Central Corridor Light-Rail Project)
This line links downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota and downtown St. Paul. Service began on June 14, 2014. For details about the Central Corridor Light-Rail Construction Project, click here.

> Central Corridor Transit Service Plan
In conjunction with the opening of the METRO Green Line, bus service was restructured throughout St. Paul. The study and planning process ensured that mobility was retained or improved for residents and businesses within a half-mile of the line.

> Urban Partnership Agreement
The metro area received a $133 million federal grant to reduce congestion. Roughly $86 million funded transit projects on I-35, adding two new Park & Ride lots and enhanced technology.

> I-35W & 46th Street Transit Station Study & Plan
Metro Transit restructured bus service in late 2010 to coincide with the opening of a new two-level transit station. The final service plan was influenced by comments received during a public outreach process.

> Northwest Metro Restructuring
In 2009, Metro Transit retooled bus routes in north Minneapolis and the northwestern suburbs. Learn about the process and implementation.

> Central-South Restructuring
Look back at how Metro Transit bus routes were updated in conjunction with the launch of Hiawatha light rail.

> City of Minnetonka Transit Study
Metro Transit, in cooperation with the City of Minnetonka, conducted a study to identify potential bus service changes in the city.

> West Suburban Service Changes
In 2013, Metro Transit implemented local service improvements and express route restructuring in Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Deephaven, Greenwood, Excelsior, Shorewood and Tonka Bay.

> Anoka: Commuter Rail Transit Village Parking Ramp and Pedestrian Overpass
The city of Anoka led the construction of a three-level, 344-space parking ramp and a pedestrian overpass at the Northstar Commuter Rail Line's Anoka Station.

> Hwy. 610 & Noble Parkway Park & Ride
A new Park & Ride facility was built near the northwest corner of Hwy. 610 and Noble Parkway and opened in 2014. A popular existing surface lot across Noble Parkway was replaced with the new and improved facility.

> Target Field Station (The Interchange)
This Hennepin County-led project, is a regional multi-modal transportation hub to improve access and travel connections for trains, buses, automobiles, bicyclists and pedestrians. It opened May 17, 2014.

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