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Emerson-Fremont and Plymouth

Emerson-Fremont & Plymouth Station

Emerson-Fremont & Plymouth - Station Plan PDF
Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Emerson-Fremont & Plymouth
Platform location

Southbound: Farside of Fremont Avenue on Plymouth Avenue, southeast corner (after left turn from Fremont Avenue to Plymouth Avenue)

Northbound: Farside of Plymouth Avenue on Emerson Avenue, northeast corner
In both directions, farside has adequate platform length available and is preferred to maximize transit signal priority potential

*Final conditions to be developed during the engineering/design process.

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Emerson - Fremont and Plymouth Avenue Station. Northbound far side Plymouth Avenue on Emerson Avenue. Southbound far side Fremont Avenue on Plymouth Avenue.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Station spacing

Southbound: About 0.3 mi to 7th Street & Bryant
Shorter station spacing than guidelines due, in part, to pedestrian conditions in the 7th Street & Bryant area and high ridership.

Northbound: About 0.5 mi to Emerson/Fremont & Broadway
Within guidelines of about half-mile station spacing.

Existing ridership within
a block, or about 1/8 mile
(Fall 2016)

About 600 boardings per weekday

Platform location compared
to existing bus stop
Southbound and northbound: At existing bus stop
Connecting service Route 7
Parking changes

Southbound and northbound: No changes. No existing parking lanes in northbound or southbound direction.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Curb configuration

Southbound and northbound: Bumpout

Bumpouts will maximize operational efficiency and pedestrian space.

Platform length

Southbound and northbound: 60’ platform

Platforms will be designed to accommodate a 60’ BRT vehicle.

Emerson-Fremont and Plymouth are major intersections in north Minneapolis, and ridership is substantially higher than at surrounding stops. They also provide transit connections to Routes 7 and 32 local service.

Project coordination: Emerson/Fremont Avenues bicycle-pedestrian improvement project

  • D Line station planning in north Minneapolis between Plymouth Avenue and 42nd Avenue occurred in conjunction with the development of the City of Minneapolis Emerson-Fremont Avenues bicycle-pedestrian improvement project. Outreach and engagement occurred separately between projects.

  • Station locations were coordinated in advance of the city’s 2014 Regional Solicitation application and confirmed in late 2016.

  • Coordination ensures that bicycle-pedestrian improvements (planned for construction in 2018) will not be impacted by D Line construction (planned for construction in 2020/2021, pending full project funding).


Other station locations considered: Emerson-Fremont & 16th Avenue

The 2013 Arterial Transitway Corridor Study addendum (ATCS) included a conceptual Emerson-Fremont & 16th Avenue station. This station plan does not include a D Line station at Emerson-Fremont and 16th Avenue.

Land use and station spacing

  • A major reason to consider a station at 16th Avenue is rapid bus access to North High School, located about one block west of the D Line corridor.

  • Ridership data, however, suggests North High School students predominantly use the existing Route 5 bus stops at Emerson-Fremont and 15th Avenue (about 60 student-related boardings per weekday). Emerson-Fremont and 15th Avenue is located just 0.15 mile north of the planned Emerson-Fremont & Plymouth station, too close to Plymouth Avenue to warrant an additional D Line station. Emerson-Fremont & 16th Avenue is also less than a quarter-mile from the planned Emerson-Fremont & Plymouth station.

  • It is anticipated that existing Route 5 school trips will continue to serve North High School after D Line begins operations. In addition to the school trips, the local Route 5 service will continue operating about every 30 minutes.


  • One mile to the west, the C Line will serve stations at Plymouth and Golden Valley, roughly one-half mile apart. Ridership is similar on these segments between Plymouth and Golden Valley on Route 19 (future C Line) and Plymouth and West Broadway (future D Line).