C Line (Penn Avenue rapid bus service)
The C Line is 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.
• Faster service
• Pre-boarding fare payment
• Enhanced stations
• Enhanced security
• Larger & specialized vehicles
Metro Transit wants to know what you think about our service. Our focus is Route 19; both riders and non-riders are encouraged to complete the survey. Results will help inform planning decisions related to the C Line rapid bus project. We will share our initial service recommendations at a public open house this winter.
Preliminary design plans
Preliminary designs for Penn Avenue stations are posted on the Design Development page. You can review the Preliminary Design Public Engagement Plan here.
Move C Line to Glenwood Avenue when LRT opens
The C Line will run on Olson Memorial Highway when it opens in 2019. However, light rail transit is also planned for Olson Memorial Highway and is scheduled to open in 2022. Following a study process that began in response to stakeholder input, the Metropolitan Council approved a recommendation to move the C Line to Glenwood Avenue from Olson Highway when light rail opens.
Moving the C Line from Olson Highway to Glenwood Avenue will balance transitway service throughout multiple corridors, rather than concentrating investments on a single street, and provide access to a broader part of North Minneapolis. With the C Line on Glenwood Avenue, bus service on Olson Highway can be better tailored to adapt to customer demand shifting to rail.
> See the recommendation summary here
> See meeting video and materials from recent engagement work here
> 2016-2017: Metro Transit is advancing project engineering throughout 2016-2017.
> 2017: The C Line project is fully funded as of September 2017.
> 2018: The C Line will be constructed in 2018, along with coordinated street improvements on Penn Avenue.
> 2019: The C Line is scheduled to open for revenue service in 2019 on Olson Memorial Highway.
> Future: A future potential realignment to Glenwood Avenue would occur in coordination with light rail transit opening on Olson Highway and the completion of stations on Glenwood Avenue.