D Line (Chicago-Fremont rapid bus)
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.
Recommended Station Plan released
Metro Transit has released a Recommended Station Plan to identify locations for enhanced D Line stations before project engineering begins.
This plan incorporates feedback from the Draft Station Plan presented to the community earlier this year and includes three additional stations.
> Watch a video about the D Line Station Plan
> Review and comment on the Recommended Station Plan through June 8
Comments can also be submitted by sending an email to DLine@metrotransit.org or by calling Customer Relations at (612) 373-3333.
A final plan will be brought to the Metropolitan Council for approval this summer.
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 2018-2019. Construction would begin in 2020 or 2021, pending full project funding.
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, is underway. 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.
Learn more at metrotransit.org/rapidbus.