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.
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
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
Stations with cameras, fare enforcement by Transit Police and improved lighting
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 preliminary planning phase of the process. The E Line would largely replace Route 6 along Hennepin Avenue. The E Line Corridor Study currently underway will evaluate potential routing options beyond Hennepin Avenue along 4th Street and University Avenue and south of Uptown.
How will the E Line alignment be selected?
Metro Transit is recommending an alignment that travels north along 4th and University. For the route south of Uptown, we are recommending advancing three alternatives that would travel along France or Xerxes to Southdale. A final alignment will be approved by the Metropolitan Council in the fall of 2019 after input from the public.
Where will the E Line stop?
The E Line Corridor Study will identify potential station locations for the final E Line routing. After the corridor study is completed in the fall of 2019, more detailed work will begin to determine the final station plan. The Final Station Plan is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2020.
Will the Route 6 still run? What about the parts not selected as the E Line?
A concept service plan for the E Line and connecting bus service, including any changes to Route 6, will be developed during the corridor study and will be shared for public comment.
What is the project budget?
The overall project cost will be determined once the E Line routing is finalized.
How many people will ride the E Line?
More than 8,000 rides are taken on Route 6 each weekday today. Metro Transit will develop ridership estimates for the E line in the corridor study. For reference, ridership in the A Line corridor increased 32% over the old Route 84 one year after launch.
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.