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Emerson-Fremont and West Broadway

Emerson-Fremont & West Broadway Station

Emerson-Fremont & West Broadway - Station Plan PDF
Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Emerson-Fremont Avenues & West Broadway
Platform location

Southbound: Farside of West Broadway on Fremont, southwest corner
Farside is preferred to maximize transit signal priority potential. Existing driveway about 60’ from intersection will require design adjustments.

Northbound: Farside of West Broadway on Emerson, northeast corner
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 West Broadway Avenue Station. Northbound far side West Broadway Avenue on Emerson Avenue. Southbound far side West Broadway Avenue on Fremont Avenue.

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Station spacing

Southbound: About 0.5 mi to Emerson-Fremont & Plymouth
Within guidelines of about half-mile station spacing.

Northbound: About 0.5 mi to Emerson-Fremont & 26th Avenue
Within guidelines of about half-mile station spacing.

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

About 840 boardings per weekday

Platform location compared
to existing bus stop

Southbound: At opposite corner of existing bus stop

Northbound: At existing bus stop

Connecting service Routes 14, 30
Parking changes

Southbound and northbound: No changes

Station Consideration Planned Condition*
Curb configuration

Southbound and northbound: Bumpout

Bumpouts will maximize operational efficiency and pedestrian space.

Platform length

Southbound: 60’ platform
Platform will be designed to accommodate a 60’ BRT vehicle.

Northbound: 60’ platform
To obtain a 60’ platform, deviations from design standards may be required due to existing driveway about 60’ from intersection.

The Emerson-Fremont and West Broadway intersections are critical community nodes with the highest ridership in north Minneapolis at over 700 combined boardings per day. The intersections also provide transit connections to the existing Routes 14, 30, 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 platform locations considered: Northbound platform nearside of West Broadway

A northbound nearside location was considered, and has more available length compared to the recommended farside location. However, the farside platform is preferred for the following reasons:

  • Maximizes the potential of transit signal priority at the busy intersection;

  • Maintains ease of transfers to the heavily used bus stop for westbound/northbound Routes 14 and 30;

  • Minimizes potential impacts to historic properties on the southern half of the intersection.


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 consideration of a potential Emerson-Fremont & 16th Avenue station is to provide 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 day). Emerson-Fremont and 15th Avenue is located just 0.15 mile north of the planned Emerson-Fremont & Plymouth station, too close to sustain an additional D Line station. Emerson-Fremont & 16th Avenue is also less than a quarter-mile from the planned Emerson-Fremont & Plymouth station.


  • Comparable station spacing of about half-mile will be located on the Penn Avenue corridor’s C Line between Plymouth and Golden Valley. 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).

Design considerations: Northbound platform farside of West Broadway

  • The existing driveway constrains available platform length and may require design considerations like the narrowing of the existing driveway and non-raised curb heights.