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Bus Rapid Transit

Bus Rapid Transit projects

People departing an A Line bus at station

In 2016, Metro Transit introduced Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service to the Twin Cities with the A Line. BRT is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience. Watch a video about BRT service.
A network of METRO BRT lines is planned for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area:
  • The METRO A Line on Snelling Avenue, Ford Parkway and 46th Street opened in 2016. See a 2017 snapshot of the A Line.
  • The METRO C Line on Penn Avenue opened in 2019.
  • The D Line on Chicago and Emerson-Fremont Avenues will be constructed in 2021-2022, pending full project funding.
  • The B Line on Lake Street / Marshall Avenue is advancing through project planning.
  • The E Line on Hennepin Avenue entered planning in 2019. 

Metro Transit is currently studying more potential lines for implementation by 2040 through Network Next.

A faster trip

BRT 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 BRT 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 BRT service in the Arterial Transitway Corridors Study.

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Howie Padilla
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