Metro Transit, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, is exploring bus-only lanes on Hennepin Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Uptown Transit Station. The purpose of the pilot is to explore how peak hour bus only lanes impact transit reliability, travel times, transit rider experience and motor vehicle travel times.
Hennepin Avenue has among the best transit service availability and use in the Twin Cities with over 400 bus trip and 3,300 customers using the corridor on each weekday; however, it is also one of the slowest corridors in the region with speeds regularly slowing to 6 mph during rush hour
For three days – May 15, 16 and 17 – we will test a bus-only lane northbound at 26th Street in the morning and a southbound bus-only lane at 26th Street in the afternoon. On-street parking will be removed during rush hours to accommodate the bus-only lanes. Data will be collected including public input to determine if additional testing and evaluation is warranted.
More information will be available on this pilot project starting May 7 at metrotransit.org/Hennepin-bus-lanes.