METRO E Line (Hennepin Avenue/France Avenue) 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 Hennepin Avenue, University Avenue/4th Street, and France Avenue. 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 Hennepin Avenue, buses carry about 45 percent of the people travelling by vehicle but make up just 3 percent of the motorized traffic.
Based on the work completed in the Corridor Study, Metro Transit is recommending 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.
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.
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Preliminary project schedule
The Metropolitan Council will consider the recommended E Line alignment for adoption in January 2020 based on study results and public input. Following the adoption of the E Line alignment, E Line corridor planning, including more detailed station planning, will begin in 2020. Pending full project funding, E Line construction could begin as soon as 2023.
Learn more about the METRO BRT network
The E Line will be the fifth of a 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, is currently in design, targeted for construction to begin 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 2022.