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B Line Corridor Recommendations

B Line routing and stations, bus service, and bus priority treatments

Where will stations be located?

B Line route alignment showing station locations and connecting transitway routes. From west to east, beginning in Minneapolis, stations are identified on Lake Street at West Lake Street Station (connecting to the planned METRO Green Line Extension), Dean Parkway/West Bde Maka Ska Parkway, East Bde Maka Ska Parkway, Hennepin Avenue, Lyndale Avenue, Nicollet Avenue, I-35W & Lake Street Station (connecting to the planned METRO Orange Line), 4th/5th Avenue, Chicago Avenue (connecting to the planned D Line), Bloomington Avenue, Cedar Avenue, Lake Street/Midtown Station (connecting to the METRO Blue Line), Minnehaha Avenue, 31st Avenue, 36th Avenue, and 44th Avenue. In St. Paul, stations are identified on Marshall Avenue at Otis Avenue, Cretin Avenue, Cleveland Avenue, and Fairview Avenue. The B Line then turns down Snelling Avenue stopping at Snelling & Dayton Station (connecting to the METRO A Line) before turning onto Selby Avenue and continuing east. Stations are identified on Selby Avenue at Hamline Avenue, Lexington Parkway, Victoria Street, Dale Street, Western Avenue, and on John Ireland Boulevard at Marshall Avenue. In downtown St. Paul, stations are located at Smith Avenue, Rice Park/Hamm Plaza, Minnesota Street (connecting to the METRO Green Line), Robert Street, and Union Depot. The B Line would serve planned METRO Gold Line stations in downtown St. Paul.

The B Line will travel approximately 12.6 miles between Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul along Lake Street, Marshall Avenue, and Selby Avenue, stopping at 33 locations along the corridor with an average of 2-3 stops per mile. 

Stop locations have been refined based on initial recommendations for station areas shared in fall 2019. 83% of current Route 21 customers board the bus at or within one block of these planned stop locations.

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View plans for individual stations. 

How will future bus service levels compare with today’s Route 21?

The B Line is proposed to provide 10-minute BRT service between West Lake Street Station in Minneapolis and Union Depot in St. Paul. Route 21 is proposed to provide 30-minute local service along Lake Street between Uptown Transit Station and Minnehaha Avenue. Route 60 is proposed to provide 30-minute local service along Selby Avenue providing connections between Snelling & University Station and Capitol/Rice Street Station. At its western end, Route 60 would operate along Hamline Avenue, University Avenue, Pascal Street, St. Anthony Avenue, and Snelling Avenue before returning east via University Avenue. At its eastern end, Route 60 would operate along John Ireland Boulevard, Marion Street, University Avenue, Rice Street, and Aurora Avenue before returning west.

B Line service would operate every 10 minutes, seven days a week during the day and most of the evening. In addition to B Line service:

  • A revised Route 21 will run every 30 minutes between Hennepin Avenue and Minnehaha Avenue in Minneapolis. Route 21 will serve all local stops and B Line stops. Individual route letters for Route 21 will be eliminated.

  • Service between Selby Avenue and the Midway area will be replaced by a new local bus, Route 60, which will provide local service with buses running every 30 minutes. 

  • Route 53 service will be evaluated as the B Line approaches implementation.

How can the B Line move people faster?

A key B Line project goal is to improve travel times by approximately 20% compared to the existing Route 21. Standard BRT improvements will combine to reduce various sources of delay. These include:

  • Increased stop spacing

  • Efficient stop placement

  • Off-board fare payment

  • All-door boarding

However, preliminary analysis indicates that further improvements through bus priority treatments will be necessary to reach the project’s goals for speed and reliability. 

Bus priority treatments can be implemented in different ways at different locations. Learn more about specific types of bus priority treatments being considered for the B Line (PDF).

View along Hennepin Avenue showing a bus-only lane with red paint next to the curb.

To better understand how different packages of bus priority treatments could be implemented across the entire B Line corridor, Metro Transit developed two bus priority concepts: a Limited Bus Priority concept and an Extensive Bus Priority concept. These are two potential starting points for bus priority that will continue to be refined through partnership with corridor cities and counties as the B Line advances.

Limited Bus Priority concept

Graphic illustrating assumptions for the limited bus priority concept. Nearly every signalized intersection along the B Line corridor was assumed to include signal priority under this concept.

Extensive Bus Priority concept

Graphic illustrating assumptions for the extensive bus priority concept. Nearly every signalized intersection along the B Line corridor was assumed to include signal priority under this concept. In addition, the concept includes full bus-only lanes on Lake Street between Excelsior Boulevard and the Mississippi River along with intersection treatments (e.g. queue jump lanes) at the following intersections: Marshall Avenue & Otis Avenue, Marshall Avenue& Cretin Avenue, Marshall Avenue & Cleveland Avenue, and Snelling Avenue & Selby Avenue.

The Limited Bus Priority concept is focused on modifying traffic signals to provide more “green” time to buses passing through intersections. The Extensive Bus Priority concept retains traffic signal modifications but adds roadway changes in a number of locations across the corridor. 

Future analysis will focus on developing strategic bus priority treatments for the B Line corridor that will help achieve project goals while balancing effects on other street users. Recommendations for B Line bus priority treatments will continue to be refined and finalized as the project moves through planning and engineering. Because Metro Transit does not own or operate streets, any changes would need to be made in partnership with the corridor cities and counties. 

B Line Corridor Plan