Metro Transit is seeking feedback on initial station plans for what will become the region’s third and most expansive rapid bus line.
The D Line will deliver faster, more frequent service and enhanced stations to an 18-mile corridor now served by Route 5, Metro Transit’s busiest local bus route. The D Line will serve Brooklyn Center, North Minneapolis, downtown Minneapolis, Midtown, Richfield and Bloomington.
A Draft Station Plan calls for 37 new stations that include shelters with heat and light, distinctive pylons with real-time information displays, ticket vending machines and security features. The D Line will terminate at the existing Mall of America and Brooklyn Center transit centers.
Feedback on the station plan will be accepted through Tuesday, March 6. Comment through the project website, by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Customer Relations at 612-333-3333.
Staff will also share information, answer questions and accept feedback at several upcoming open houses. The open houses are scheduled for:
- Tuesday, Feb. 13, 3 to 5 p.m., Chicago-Lake Transit Center
- Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 to 8 p.m., Richfield Municipal Center
- Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 to 4 p.m., Mall of America Transit Center
- Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., North Community High School, Minneapolis
- Thursday, Feb. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., Wellstone International High School, Minneapolis
- Saturday, March 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Brooklyn Center Transit Center
Community feedback will help inform a recommended station plan to be finalized and brought to the Metropolitan Council for approval later this year. Stations and other improvements will be designed in 2018-19. Construction would begin in 2020 or 2021, pending full project funding.
Like the A Line, the D Line will deliver faster and more frequent service by allowing customers to purchase fares before boarding, using technology that allows buses to request green lights and making fewer stops. Customers will also be able to board through front or rear doors of 60-foot buses, which will be larger and more comfortable than the 40-foot buses currently used on Route 5.
The D Line is expected to see an average of 23,500 average weekday rides by 2030.
Route 5 will continue to provide local service in the corridor, but will operate less frequently after the D Line opens. More information about Route 5 service changes will be shared as D Line planning continues.
Learn more about the rapid bus network
The D 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, will begin this spring. Service is scheduled to begin in 2019.
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