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E Line FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Faster transit is coming to the Route 6 corridor. Here are details about the E Line and the Hennepin Avenue corridor. 

What is Bus Rapid Transit?

Bus Rapid Transit – or BRT – is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience.

Frequent service 
Service so frequent you won't need a schedule, along with fewer stops than local routes so you'll be moving more of the time

Train-like features
You'll pay your fare before you get on for faster boarding and wait at enhanced stations

Enhanced stations with more amenities
Real-time departure signs so you'll always know when the bus is coming, enhanced maps and signage 

Enhanced security
Stations with cameras, fare enforcement by Transit Police and improved lighting

Specialized vehicles
Unique, recognizable buses with wider aisles and additional doors so more people can get on and off easily

The E Line Fact Sheet details these features. 

How much will it cost to ride the E Line? 
The cost is the same as a typical local fare. Details about non-rush hour and rush hour fares can be found here.

What phase of the development process is the E Line in?
The E Line is in the planning phase of the process. 

How was the E Line alignment selected?
The E Line alignment was developed through the E Line Corridor Study in 2018 and 2019 and approved by the Metropolitan Council in January 2020. The study evaluated several alignment alternatives based on several key criteria and public engagement.

Where will the E Line stop? 
The E Line Corridor Study has identified concept-level station locations for the E Line. More detailed work to refine station and platform locations is underway with the development of the E Line Corridor Plan. The Draft Corridor Plan is anticipated to be released for public review and comment in the fall of 2021.

Will the Route 6 still run? What about the parts not selected as the E Line? 
When the E Line opens for service, the Route 6 is planned to run approximately every 20 minutes on weekdays from downtown Minneapolis to Minnesota Drive and France Avenue via Hennepin Avenue and the Xerxes Avenue branch. 

What is the project budget? 
The preliminary budget for the E Line is approximately $55-65 million. The project is partially funded and cost estimates will be further refined as the project is developed. 

How many people will ride the E Line?
By 2040, ridership in the E Line corridor is anticipated to increase to approximately 13,400 – 14,200 rides per day. About 8,000 rides are taken on Route 6 each weekday today. 

When will construction begin? When will the E Line open? 
Construction could begin as early as 2023, pending full funding. The E Line could open the following year after testing.