E Line (Hennepin Avenue rapid bus project)
Faster transit is coming to the Route 6 corridor
Metro Transit is planning improvements to the Route 6 corridor with the E Line rapid bus project. The E Line will substantially replace parts of Route 6 in the Hennepin Avenue corridor, serving uptown Minneapolis. 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
Preliminary project schedule
Metro Transit's 2012 rapid bus study identified a Hennepin rapid bus line that would run four miles from downtown Minneapolis to the future West Lake Street Station on the METRO Green Line extension. Since that time, community members have expressed interest in a longer rapid bus corridor to serve more places along Route 6. In 2018, Metro Transit will study the corridor again to determine whether other parts of the Route 6 corridor should become part of the E Line.
Following the corridor study, E Line station planning will begin in 2019. Pending full project funding, E Line construction could begin as soon as 2022.
Learn more about the rapid bus network
The E 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. The D Line, serving the Route 5 corridor from Bloomington to Brooklyn Center, is currently in planning, targeted for construction to begin in 2020.
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/abrt.