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Transit Improvements

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Bus Rapid Transit projects

> 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. 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 has begun. 

> 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.

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.

> 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.

Light Rail icon Rail

> 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 icon Moving 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 integrate transit with walkable urban development, creating a mix of housing, retail and employment designed to allow people to live and work with transportation choices.


> New Metro Transit Bus Garage in Minneapolis

Metro Transit is constructing a new 350,000 square foot bus garage in North Loop that includes employee parking, bus parking, bus maintenance facilities, and bus operator facilities.    

Studies underway for future development

> St. Paul Highland Park Transit Service Study

Metro Transit, working with the City of St. Paul and the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority, is studying transit improvements in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood, specifically including the Ford Site. 

> 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.

> 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 & 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 developed a 10- to 15-year comprehensive service improvement plan to expand the bus system.

> 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.

> Network Next

Metro Transit is beginning a two-year effort to develop our vision for the bus network of 2040. Building on the existing network’s strengths, we’re identifying expanded bus service across a spectrum of transit improvements, including improved local and express routes, new arterial bus rapid transit lines and integrated shared mobility options.