Rapid bus service
A new kind of bus service is coming to the Twin Cities!
In 2016, Metro Transit introduced rapid bus service – a new kind of bus service for the Twin Cities’ busiest urban streets. Rapid bus service is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience. 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 is the first region’s arterial rapid bus line, opening on June 11, 2016. The C Line on Penn Avenue is slated for construction in 2018.
A faster trip
Rapid bus service is faster than today’s 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 BRT stations provides 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 rapid bus service. Read Frequently Asked Questions.
Learn more about corridors studied in 2011-2012 for rapid bus service in the Arterial Transitway Corridors Study.