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The new D Line (rapid bus service)

Faster transit is coming to the Route 5 corridor. 

Metro Transit is planning improvements to the Route 5 corridor with the D Line rapid bus project. The D Line will substantially replace Route 5, running primarily on Chicago and Emerson/Fremont Avenues. Rapid bus brings better amenities, faster service and a more comfortable ride.

• Faster, more frequent service
• Pre-boarding fare payment for faster stops
• Neighborhood-scale stations with amenities
• Enhanced security
• Larger & specialized vehicles

> The D Line Fact Sheet has details on these features.

Draft Station Plan released Feb. 5

Metro Transit has released a Draft Station Plan to identify locations for enhanced D Line stations before project engineering begins.

> Watch a video about the Draft Station Plan

> Review and comment on the Draft Station Plan through March 6

Comments can also be submitted by sending an e-mail to or by calling Customer Relations at (612) 373-3333. 

Metro Transit will report back to the community with revisions in a recommended plan this spring, and bring a final plan to the Metropolitan Council for approval this summer.

Attend an open house

Metro Transit is hosting six open houses to share the Draft Station Plan and receive comments.

Chicago-Lake Transit Center
Tuesday, February 13, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
826 Lake St. E, Minneapolis, 55407
Served by routes, 5, 21, 39, 53

City of Richfield Municipal Center
Thursday, February 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
6700 Portland Ave., Richfield, 55423 - Bartholomew Room
Served by routes 5, 111, 515, 553

Mall of America Transit Center
Saturday, February 17, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
8240 24th Ave. S, Bloomington, 55425
Served by routes 5, 54, 415, 444, 495, 515, 538, 539, 540, 542, Blue Line, Red Line

North Community High School
Wednesday, February 21, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
1500 James Ave. N, Minneapolis, 55411 - Lunchroom
Served by routes 5, 32

Wellstone International High School
Thursday, February 22, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
3328 Elliot Ave. S, Minneapolis, 55407 - Lunchroom
Served by route 5

Brooklyn Center Transit Center
Saturday, March 3, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
2900 County Road 10, Brooklyn Center, 55430
Served by routes 5, 19, 22, 717, 721, 722, 723, 724, 761, 762, 801


D Line alignment map showing draft station locations and areas where stations need to be decided.

Preliminary project schedule

The Metropolitan Council will consider a final Station Plan for approval in summer 2018. Stations and other improvements will be designed in 2018-19. Construction would begin in 2020 or 2021, pending full project funding.

Environmental documentation

The Section 106 Compliance Plan and Area of Potential Effects can be found in the Project Library. The Section 106 process is a federal requirement and reviews how the project interacts with any historic properties along the corridor.

Learn more about the rapid bus network

The D Line is one of several planned rapid bus lines that will bring faster, more frequent service to the region’s busiest transit corridors. The region’s first rapid bus line, the A Line, opened in 2016 and has boosted corridor ridership by about one third. Construction on the C Line, serving Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, will begin this spring. Service is scheduled to begin in 2019.

A completed rapid bus network would cover 100 miles and include 400 enhanced stations, directly serving about 20 percent of the region’s residents and more than 230,000 jobs. Rapid bus lines are an essential part of growing bus ridership, with the potential to see an estimated 160,000 average weekday boardings by 2030, representing about a third of total bus ridership.

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