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E Line Project

METRO E Line (Hennepin/France) project

Faster transit is coming to the Route 6 corridor

The METRO E Line is a planned bus rapid transit (BRT) line that will provide faster and more reliable service in the Route 6 corridor along University Avenue/4th Street, Hennepin Avenue, and France Avenue from the University of Minnesota to Southdale. BRT brings better amenities, faster service, and a more comfortable ride.

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

Each weekday, customers take more than 8,000 rides on Route 6, one of the busiest bus routes in the region. On parts of Hennepin Avenue, buses carry about 45 percent of the people traveling by vehicle but make up just 3 percent of the motorized traffic.

METRO E Line Alignment

Based on the work completed in the E Line Corridor Study, Metro Transit recommended that the E Line run along 4th Street and University Avenue, through downtown and Uptown on Hennepin Avenue, to Southdale Transit Center via 44th Street and France Avenue. The recommended alignment was approved by the Metropolitan Council in January 2020.

E Line Map

When E Line begins service, Metro Transit plans to simplify Route 6 to run from downtown Minneapolis to Minnesota Drive and France Avenue primarily via Hennepin Avenue and Xerxes Avenue, stopping at Southdale Transit Center along the way.

Get involved!

  • Invite us to an event
  • Email your questions or ideas
  • Sign-up to receive project updates.

For more details, refer to the Public Engagement page. 

Preliminary project schedule

  • 2018-2019: Develop recommended E Line alignment (approved January 2020)
  • 2020-2021: Develop and release Corridor Plan with E Line station and platform locations for public comment and Metropolitan Council approval
  • 2021-2023: Design of stations and other corridor improvements
  • 2024-2025: Construction begins (pending full funding)

Learn more about the METRO BRT network

The E Line will be the fifth in a growing network of planned arterial BRT lines that will bring faster, frequent service to the region's busiest transit corridors. Learn more at metrotransit/abrt.

The region’s first arterial BRT line, the A Line, opened in 2016 and has boosted corridor ridership by about one third. The second line, the C Line, serving Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, opened in 2019. The D Line, serving the Route 5 corridor from Bloomington to Brooklyn Center, will begin construction in 2021. The B Line, serving the Route 21 corridor on Lake Street and Marshall Avenue, is currently in the planning phase and scheduled for construction in 2023-2024.


Project Contacts

 

South Minneapolis
Juan Rangel
Community Outreach Coordinator
juan.rangel@metrotransit.org 

Minneapolis and University of Minnesota communities 
Yumi Nagaoka
Community Outreach Coordinator
yumi.nagaoka@metrotransit.org 

Media Contact
Laura Baenen
Senior Communications Specialist
612-269-4365 cell
laura.baenen@metrotransit.org