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Transit Improvements

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> West End & Route 9 Transit Plan

This plan implemented improvements and efficiencies along Routes 9 (west of downtown Minneapolis), 25 (along France Avenue), 604, 649, 675 and near the growing West End in St. Louis Park in August 2017. It simplified Route 9's structure, improves service reliability and effficiency, and provides better connectivity between the West End and downtown Minneapolis.

Rapid Bus projects

> A Line (Snelling/Ford)

The first line in Metro Transit's new rapid bus network opened in June 2016, with faster, more frequent service along Snelling Avenue, Ford Parkway and 46th Street. It features new buses with wider doors, and 20 enhanced stations with real-time signs and ticket machines for off-board fare payment.

> C Line (Penn Avenue)

The C Line will substantially replace Route 19, operating primarily on Penn Avenue and Olson Memorial Highway between downtown Minneapolis and the Brooklyn Center Transit Center. Construction is underway in 2018. The C Line will open for service in 2019. 

> D Line (Chicago/Fremont) 

The D Line will upgrade and substantially replace Route 5, operating primarily on Chicago and Emerson/Fremont Avenues between Brooklyn Center and Bloomington. Stations and other improvements will be designed in 2018-2019. Construction would begin in 2020 or 2021, pending full project funding.

> B Line (Lake/Marshall)

The B Line will upgrade and substantially replace the western portion of Route 21, serving Lake Street and Marshall Avenue between uptown Minneapolis and the Midway area in St. Paul. Planning for this project will begin in 2018. 

> E Line (Hennepin)

The E Line will upgrade and substantially replace parts of Route 6 in the Hennepin Avenue corridor, serving uptown Minneapolis. 

Highway Bus Rapid Transit

> METRO Orange Line

The METRO Orange Line will use roadway improvements, upgraded transit stations and highway Bus Rapid Transit service to provide a fast, frequent and reliable all-day route on I-35W between Minneapolis and Burnsville.

> Cedar Grove Transit Station

This station on the METRO Red Line was modified and a new passenger platform added in the center of Highway 77, with an enclosed skyway connecting back to the previously constructed station area on Nicols Road.

Dedicated Guideway Bus Rapid Transit

> METRO Gold Line 

The METRO Gold Line is a planned nine-mile dedicated Bus Rapid Transit line that will connect St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury generally along I-94. It will be Minnesota's first BRT line that operates primarily within exclusive bus-only lanes.

Improving the experience while you wait for your ride

> Better Bus Stops

Metro Transit is working to improve the customer experience at the bus stop.

> Nicollet Mall Redesign

The City of Minneapolis is building a new Nicollet Mall. When complete in 2017, it will feature better pedestrian amenities and more green space yet allow transit to remain a critical part of this vital downtown artery.

> Downtown St. Paul Shelter Upgrades

Four key station areas in downtown St. Paul have been improved with new shelters, signage, public art, security features and bicycle amenities.

> Adopt-A-Shelter

Individuals, businesses and community groups can show neighborhood pride by caring for a nearby transit stop.


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> METRO Green Line Extension (Southwest Transitway)

The proposed Southwest Transitway will link the southwest metro with downtown Minneapolis, and allowing a one-seat ride from Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins and St. Louis Park to St. Paul.

> METRO Blue Line Extension (Bottineau Transitway)

This light-rail line will extend northwest from Target Field, with 11 new stations in north Minneapolis, Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Crystal and Brooklyn Park.


Go Greener iconMoving forward with technology and green operations

> Transit Technologies

Learn about innovations that improve your trip, such as:

– NexTrip real-time bus departure information– improved information at bus stops, including stop numbers
– “smart” Park & Ride facilities– communication between buses and traffic signals
– buses that announce their location

> Go Greener Initiative

By using hybrid buses and the latest generation of clean fuels, Metro Transit is helping the Twin Cities save more than the price of gas.

> Transit Advantages

Transit works best when it can avoid general traffic congestion. Here's how Metro Transit keeps you moving.


Transit Oriented Development

> Metro Transit's Transit Oriented Development Office

This group helps integrates transit with walkable urban development, creating a mix of housing, retail and employment designed to allow people to live and work with transportation choices.


Studies underway for future development

> West Broadway Transit Study

Metro Transit, in partnership with Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis, studied possible transit improvements along West Broadway. Study technical work concluded in early 2016. In February 2017 the study’s Policy Advisory Committee adopted final study recommendations.

> I-35W Transit/Access Project

Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit and MnDOT are proposing transit- and transportation-related improvements near I-35W, Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway, including a transit station and freeway ramp improvements. 

> Nicollet-Central Transit Alternatives Study

The City of Minneapolis is studying potential transit enhancements on Nicollet and Central avenues. The study will determine the benefits, costs and impacts of a variety of transit modes and service types, including streetcar and enhanced bus options.

> St. Paul East Side Existing Conditions Report

The Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority and its partners, including Metro Transit, will engage residents and businesses in St. Paul's East Side in a conversation about transit service in that area.

> Rush Line Corridor

The Rush Line Corridor is an 80-mile travel corridor between St. Paul and Hinckley. A transit study is underway to analyze bus and rail transit alternatives between Forest Lake and Union Depot in St. Paul.

> Orange Line Extension

Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority is leading the planning of the Orange Line Extension. The project would extend planned METRO Orange Line BRT service to the Kenrick Avenue Park-and-Ride in Lakeville, adding two or more stations and five miles to the line.

> Highway 169 Mobility Study

Working with Scott and Hennepin Counties and the Metropolitan Council, MnDOT is evaluating potential future highway BRT service along the Highway 169 corridor between downtown Minneapolis and Shakopee.


Long-range planning

> Transportation Policy Plan

The Metropolitan Council adopted this long-range plan to slow the growth in traffic congestion and improve mobility through construction of transitways.

> Service Improvement Plan

Metro Transit has developed a 10- to 15-year comprehensive service improvement plan to expand the bus system.

> Access Minneapolis

The City's 10-year transportation plan addresses improvements for transit, bicycling and walking in downtown.

> Downtown Minneapolis 2025 Plan

This 10-point plan, developed by the Minneapolis Downtown Council, calls for a livable, green, connected, exciting and welcoming downtown with a thriving, growing transit system at its heart.


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