METRO E Line (Hennepin/France) project
Faster transit is coming to the Route 6 corridor
The METRO E Line is a planned bus rapid transit (BRT) line that will provide faster and more reliable service in the Route 6 corridor along University Avenue/4th Street, Hennepin Avenue, and France Avenue from the University of Minnesota to Southdale. BRT brings better amenities, faster service, and a more comfortable ride.
- Faster, frequent service
- Pre-boarding fare payment for faster stops
- Neighborhood-scale stations with amenities
- Enhanced security
- Larger & specialized vehicles
Each weekday, customers take more than 8,000 rides on Route 6, one of the busiest bus routes in the region. On parts of Hennepin Avenue, buses carry about 45 percent of the people traveling by vehicle but make up just 3 percent of the motorized traffic.
METRO E Line Alignment
Based on the work completed in the Corridor Study, Metro Transit recommended that the E Line run along 4th Street and University Avenue, through downtown and Uptown on Hennepin Avenue, to Southdale Transit Center via 44th Street and France Avenue. The recommended alignment was approved by the Metropolitan Council in January 2020.
When E Line begins service, Metro Transit plans to simplify Route 6 to run from downtown Minneapolis to Minnesota Drive and France Avenue primarily via Hennepin Avenue and Xerxes Avenue, stopping at Southdale Transit Center along the way.
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Preliminary project schedule
The Metropolitan Council approved the recommended E Line alignment in January 2020.
The next step in the project is to begin the development of the E Line Corridor Plan, which will identify station locations and bus priority improvements along the line. This work will begin in early 2020 and continue through the year.
Pending full project funding, E Line construction could begin as soon as 2023.
Learn more about the METRO BRT network
The E Line will be the fifth in a growing network of planned arterial BRT lines that will bring faster, frequent service to the region's busiest transit corridors. Learn more at metrotransit/abrt.
The region’s first arterial BRT line, the A Line, opened in 2016 and has boosted corridor ridership by about one third. The second line, the C Line, serving Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, opened in 2019. The D Line, serving the Route 5 corridor from Bloomington to Brooklyn Center, is currently in design, targeted for construction to begin in 2021. The B Line, serving the Route 21 corridor on Lake Street and Marshall Avenue, is currently in the planning phase and scheduled for construction in 2022.