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Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Planning

Bus rapid transit (BRT) provides an improved customer experience with frequent service and faster trips in our region’s busiest bus corridors. Metro Transit first studied a dozen potential BRT lines in 2011-2012. This study led to the implementation of the METRO A Line in 2016 and the METRO C Line in 2019. Both have been highly successful, posting significant ridership increases and earning customers’ satisfaction. 

Learn more about Metro Transit BRT.

Planning continues to identify the next Bus Rapid Transit lines

With the METRO A and C lines serving customers, and the METRO D, B, and E lines all planned to open by 2024, Metro Transit is working to identify the next BRT corridors.

There are four principles guiding the planning process for BRT, rooted in public engagement, Metropolitan Council transit policy, and the performance of the bus network:

  • Advance equity and reduce regional racial disparities: Transit can reduce disparities by improving connections to jobs and opportunities for low-income populations and people of color.

  • Build on success to grow ridership: The number of trips taken on transit and the number of people using transit is a good measure of the transit system’s usefulness and how well it serves riders.

  • Design a network that supports a transit-oriented lifestyle: A transit system can allow people to get to work, education, entertainment, services, and friends and family without owning a personal vehicle. 

  • Ensure the long-term sustainable growth of the bus network: Growing the BRT network in places that support frequent bus service today will help ensure that these corridors can be served with fast, frequent, and reliable service in the long term.

We're using a four-step process to identify our region's next BRT priorities, with opportunities for public input along the way.

Step 1: Identify (Spring 2020)

Based on these principles, Metro Transit identified 19 potential corridors to be considered for BRT. Learn more about the development of the BRT Principles and how candidate corridors were identified (PDF). 

Step 2: Screen (Summer 2020)

We conducted a screening process to narrow the 19 candidates down to a set of 11 corridors to advance for more analysis. Learn more about the screening process (PDF).

Step 3: Evaluate (Fall 2020)

For 10 of the corridors advanced in Step 2, we developed corridor concept plans to estimate costs, ridership, and other benefits. We evaluated the lines in more detail using evaluation criteria based on public feedback and the BRT principles listed above, and sorted them into three tiers for near-term, mid-term, and longer-term implementation. See the results and provide your feedback.

Step 4: Prioritize (Winter 2020/21)

The top-performing potential BRT lines will be prioritized for implementation based on the evaluation results in Step 3, public engagement, and other readiness criteria, including coordination with the opening of other major transitway projects, coordination with street reconstruction projects led by cities and counties, and others.

In early 2021, staff will share what we heard from the public and present recommendations for the METRO F, G, and H lines, based on public feedback.