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Rapid bus projects

People departing an A Line bus at station

In 2016, Metro Transit introduced rapid bus service to the Twin Cities with the A Line. Rapid bus is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience. Watch a video about rapid bus service.
A network of rapid bus lines is planned for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area:
  • The A Line on Snelling Avenue, Ford Parkway and 46th Street opened on June 11, 2016. See a 2017 snapshot of the A Line.
  • The C Line on Penn Avenue will open in 2019.
  • The D Line on Chicago and Emerson-Fremont Avenues will be constructed in 2020-2021, pending full project funding.
  • The B Line on Lake Street and Marshall Avenue is advancing through project planning in 2019.
  • The E Line on Hennepin Avenue will enter planning in 2019. 
  • Six additional corridors have been studied for rapid bus implementation.

A faster trip

Rapid bus is faster than standard local bus service. Here’s how:

  • Buses make fewer stops, significantly speeding up travel time. It helps buses stay better in sync with traffic flow.
  • Ticket machines at stations allow customers to purchase tickets before boarding. There’s no need to line up at the farebox.
  • Low-floor buses and raised curbs at stations, plus wider bus doors and boarding from the front and back, speed up boarding.
  • Extending the curb at stations saves time. Buses can merge more easily into traffic after serving a station.
  • Signal priority allows buses to move through traffic lights a bit faster.

A more comfortable experienceMap of corridors planned for arterial bus rapid transit

Enhanced shelters at rapid bus stations provide protection from the weather and a safe, comfortable and convenient customer waiting space. Features include:

  • NexTrip signs
  • Bike racks
  • Information about the route, transit system and surrounding area
  • Security cameras
  • Emergency phones
  • Enhanced lighting
  • Push-button heating
  • Ticket machines for buying a ticket using cash or credit card
  • Litter and recycling containers

Learn more about corridors studied in 2011-2012 for rapid bus service in the Arterial Transitway Corridors Study.


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