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D Line Rapid Bus Network

Feedback sought on D Line station plan 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Tuesday, February 06, 2018 3:17:00 AM

An A Line rapid bus station includes features like ticket-vending machines, on-demand heat, light and real-time signs.Metro Transit is seeking feedback on initial station plans for what will become the region’s third and most expansive rapid bus line.

The D Line will deliver faster, more frequent service and enhanced stations to an 18-mile corridor now served by Route 5, Metro Transit’s busiest local bus route. The D Line will serve Brooklyn Center, North Minneapolis, downtown Minneapolis, Midtown, Richfield and Bloomington.

A Draft Station Plan calls for 37 new stations that include shelters with heat and light, distinctive pylons with real-time information displays, ticket vending machines and security features. The D Line will terminate at the existing Mall of America and Brooklyn Center transit centers.

Download the Draft Station Plan 

Feedback on the station plan will be accepted through Tuesday, March 6. Comment through the project website, by sending an e-mail to dline@metrotransit.org or by calling Customer Relations at 612-333-3333.

Staff will also share information, answer questions and accept feedback at several upcoming open houses. The open houses are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, 3 to 5 p.m., Chicago-Lake Transit Center
  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Richfield Municipal Center
  • Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 to 4 p.m., Mall of America Transit Center
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., North Community High School, Minneapolis
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Wellstone International High School, Minneapolis
  • Saturday, March 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Brooklyn Center Transit Center

Community feedback will help inform a recommended station plan to be finalized and brought to the Metropolitan Council for approval later this year. Stations and other improvements will be designed in 2018-19. Construction would begin in 2020 or 2021, pending full project funding.

Like the A Line, the D Line will deliver faster and more frequent service by allowing customers to purchase fares before boarding, using technology that allows buses to request green lights and making fewer stops. Customers will also be able to board through front or rear doors of 60-foot buses, which will be larger and more comfortable than the 40-foot buses currently used on Route 5.

The D Line is expected to see an average of 23,500 average weekday rides by 2030.

Route 5 will continue to provide local service in the corridor, but will operate less frequently after the D Line opens. More information about Route 5 service changes will be shared as D Line planning continues.

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Learn more about the rapid bus network

The D Line is one of several planned rapid bus lines that will bring faster, more frequent service to the region’s busiest transit corridors. The region’s first rapid bus line, the A Line, opened in 2016 and has boosted corridor ridership by about one third. Construction on the C Line, serving Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, will begin this spring. Service is scheduled to begin in 2019.

A completed rapid bus network would cover 100 miles and include 400 enhanced stations, directly serving about 20 percent of the region’s residents and more than 230,000 jobs. Rapid bus lines are an essential part of growing bus ridership, with the potential to see an estimated 160,000 average weekday boardings by 2030, representing about a third of total bus ridership.

Learn more at metrotransit.org/abrt

C Line Minneapolis Rapid Bus Network

Region's second rapid bus line moves forward 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Friday, September 29, 2017 9:16:00 AM

The region's second rapid bus line, serving downtown and North Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, is moving forward.  

The Metropolitan Council on Wednesday approved a budget amendment that brings the total amount of funding committed to stations and other improvements for the C Line to $20 million. The budget is a combination of federal transportation money and Council bonds.

“Securing funding for the C Line is an important milestone for this critical project, which will improve the experience for thousands of residents who rely on transit to access opportunity,” Council Member Gary Cunningham said. 

The action follows a recent announcement of a $1.75 million Federal Transit Authority grant that will help secure at least six battery electric buses​ for the C Line. The C Line fleet will include at least 12 60-foot buses. The project’s base fleet is funded and the Council is looking for ways to secure additional battery electric buses and related charging equipment.

The C Line is on track to be under construction in 2018 and to open in 2019.

C Line buses will operate between downtown Minneapolis and the Brooklyn Center Transit Center, largely replacing local bus service on Route 19. Like the region’s first rapid bus line, the A Line, customers will enjoy faster, more frequent service and enhanced stations.

A 60-foot articulated bus that looks like a rapid bus is currently simulating service in the C Line corridor to help planners create a new schedule (customers cannot board the bus). C Line service is expected to be at least six minutes faster than existing local bus service. 

A Line BRT Awards C Line Rapid Bus Network

​Roth recognized as top transit professional 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Saturday, September 16, 2017 7:56:00 AM

Arterial BRT Manager Katie Roth, included in Mass Transit magazine’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 list.A champion of Metro Transit’s efforts to bring rapid bus service to the region has been recognized as one of the transit industry’s top young professionals.

Arterial BRT Manager Katie Roth is among those recognized in Mass Transit magazine’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 list. The list recognizes professionals who have made “significant contributions” to the transit industry.

“Out of more than 160 nominations, these chosen professionals have proven records of accomplishments, making a difference at their companies or transit agencies, in their communities and in the industry,” said Leah Harnack, Mass Transit’s Executive Editor.

As a manager in Metro Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit/Small Starts Project Office, Roth, 32, leads a team of planners, engineers, consultants and outreach staff planning future rapid bus lines. She also helps coordinate across divisions to introduce the new service. 

The region’s first rapid bus line, the A Line, opened in 2016 with faster, more frequent service on Snelling Avenue, Ford Parkway and 46th Street. Planning is now underway for the C Line, which will largely replace existing Route 19 local service in 2019.

Roth’s career at Metro Transit began as in intern in Service Development in 2006. As a Senior Transit Planner at SRF Consulting Group, shehelped complete a study of a regional rapid bus network that would cover 100 miles and see an estimated 160,000 average weekday boardings. She rejoined Metro Transit in 2012.

Roth has also presented at several local and national conferences and been active in WTS Minnesota, a group that supports women in the transportation industry.

“This recognition is humbling because it shows the importance of building out the rapid bus system,” said Roth, a daily transit rider who lives in Minneapolis. “I love coming to work every day knowing that I’m helping make transit better for thousands of people in the region.”

Several Metro Transit employees have been named to Mass Transit’s Top 40 Under 40 list since it was initiated a decade ago. 

Past honorees include Assistant Transportation Manager Chang Yang, Kristin Thompson, Assistant Director-Scheduling, Analysis and Data Collection, Capt. Jim Franklin and Charles Carlson, a Senior Manager in the Bus Rapid Transit/Small Starts Project Office.

   > Top 40 Under 40: Katie Roth

   > Metro Transit Awards & Recognition

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