More than 100 new bus stop signs with additional information have gone up in North Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park over the last several weeks, the first step in a systemwide overhaul that will unfold over the coming years.
At locations with a lower number of customer boardings, the new signs include information about the routes that serve that stop and a unique stop number that can be used to access real-time departure information through NexTrip. (Use the Services Finder or Interactive Map to find the number for any transit stop in the Twin Cities).
Signs at higher-boarding locations also include route maps, charts describing how often the bus is scheduled to arrive at that stop and, in some cases, details about how to use NexTrip.
The new signs were placed at sites with local, express and a combination of services. They can be found along portions of North Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis and along Zane Avenue North and Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Park.
New signage was also installed at 15 bus shelters. The shelter signage includes route maps, schedules, stop location information, NexTrip instructions and unique stop numbers.
Riders and potential riders were interviewed to get input on the new signs. Additional feedback is welcome before installations continue. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New signs will be installed at more than 2,000 locations this fall. Signs at all of Metro Transit’s 12,000 stops are scheduled to be replaced by 2017.
The new signs are part Metro Transit’s broader Better Bus Stops Program. With funding from a federal Ladders of Opportunity grant and other resources, more new and replacement waiting shelters will be installed in the coming years. All of the advertising shelters in Minneapolis are also in the process of being replaced with Metro Transit shelters.
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