Rapid bus projects
In 2016, Metro Transit introduced rapid bus service to the Twin Cities with the A Line
. Rapid bus is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip
and an improved experience
. Watch a video about rapid bus service.
A network of rapid bus lines is planned for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area:
- The A Line on Snelling Avenue, Ford Parkway and 46th Street opened on June 11, 2016. See a 2017 snapshot of the A Line.
- The C Line on Penn Avenue will open in 2019.
- The D Line on Chicago and Emerson-Fremont Avenues will be constructed in 2020-2021, pending full project funding.
- The B Line on Lake Street and Marshall Avenue is advancing through project planning in 2019.
- The E Line on Hennepin Avenue will enter planning in 2019.
- Six additional corridors have been studied for rapid bus implementation.
A faster trip
Rapid bus is faster than standard local bus service. Here’s how:
- Buses make fewer stops, significantly speeding up travel time. It helps buses stay better in sync with traffic flow.
- Ticket machines at stations allow customers to purchase tickets before boarding. There’s no need to line up at the farebox.
- Low-floor buses and raised curbs at stations, plus wider bus doors and boarding from the front and back, speed up boarding.
- Extending the curb at stations saves time. Buses can merge more easily into traffic after serving a station.
- Signal priority allows buses to move through traffic lights a bit faster.
A more comfortable experience
Enhanced shelters at rapid bus stations provide protection from the weather and a safe, comfortable and convenient customer waiting space. Features include:
- NexTrip signs
- Bike racks
- Information about the route, transit system and surrounding area
- Security cameras
- Emergency phones
- Enhanced lighting
- Push-button heating
- Ticket machines for buying a ticket using cash or credit card
- Litter and recycling containers
Learn more about corridors studied in 2011-2012 for rapid bus service in the Arterial Transitway Corridors Study.