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METRO D Line begins pre-construction survey 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, January 08, 2019 1:46:00 PM

Jared Gazda takes a moment to setup his surveying equipment at the corner of 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis. The information he gathers will aid in station construction, including ADA compliance and drainage. 

Before the first shovel breaks ground, there’s a lot of work that goes into any new METRO Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line.

From planning through final engineering, each step ensures that the line is built to specification. Beginning this month, the METRO D Line is entering the engineering phase. During this phase, stations and other improvements will be designed and translated into detailed construction plans.

As a first step in designing D Line stations, Metro Transit has contracted with several firms to assist with field survey. Starting on January 7, crews from Stonebrooke Engineering began surveying planned METRO D Line station locations.

During this phase, surveyors gather information at the ground level, to create accurate measurements and learn more about the existing space and utilities below the ground at future D Line stops to help designers and construction crews avoid foreseeable problems before construction.

Over the next few weeks you will see trucks and members of our project team in the area conducting field surveys and making field observations and measurements to help engineer and design the project.

If you see a surveyor on the job, thank them for their hard work to help bring fast, frequent service to your corridor. If you have questions about the D Line or survey activities, contact Cody Olson, Community Outreach Coordinator at or 612-349-7390.

The D Line is currently set to begin construction as early as mid-2020, pending full funding for the project. The D Line will substantially replace Route 5, the highest-ridership bus route in the state of Minnesota. Customers take about 16,000 daily rides on Route 5 between Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington.

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Three future rapid bus projects move forward 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, July 26, 2018 12:57:00 PM

Bus shelter construction

Plans to bring the kind of fast, frequent service that has been so successful on the A Line to three additional corridors advanced within the past week. Here is a summary of the latest advances: 

C Line

Crews recently began assembling the first C Line shelters in downtown Minneapolis, including the above shelter at the corner of Fourth Avenue South and South Seventh Street, near Government Center. 

Around 20 new shelters with real time signs, on-demand heat, light and ticket vending machines are being built along the C Line corridor, which runs largely along Penn Avenue. The C Line will largely replace Route 19 service beginning next spring. The new shelters will remain out of service for several months while crews continue to install wiring and equipment. 

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D Line

Plans to make Metro Transit’s busiest bus route up to 25 percent faster moved forward as the Metropolitan Council approved plans for 40 enhanced stations along an 18-mile corridor now served by Route 5.

Engineering will begin later this year and continue through the end of 2019. Construction is scheduled to begin as early as 2020, pending full funding. The D Line corridor is expected to see more than 23,500 average weekday rides by 2030. Route 5 is the region’s busiest bus route, with more than 15,000 average weekday rides. 

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E Line 

The Minneapolis City Council last week approved plans for a stretch of Hennepin Avenue that position the corridor for future rapid bus service. 

Plans call for the construction of eight enhanced bus stops between Washington Avenue South and 12th Street. The city also plans to add one-way, protected bikeways in both directions, and to route the bike lanes behind the new stations to avoid conflicts at boarding areas. 

The new shelters will be served by routes 4, 6, 7, 12 and 61 and are designed to eventually become a part of the E Line, which will largely replace Route 6. 

The changes are part of a larger reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue. Utility work is expected to begin in 2019 and heavier construction is expected to begin in 2020. 

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A previous study that identified a dozen rapid bus corridors will be re-valuated in 2019 to determine next steps for other future lines. Learn more at

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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 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.

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