Arterial Transit Corridor ("rapid bus") Study
In 2011-2012, Metro Transit studied 11 urban corridors with high-ridership bus routes that connect major destinations for implementation of "rapid bus" service.
> American Boulevard
> Central Avenue
> Chicago Avenue
> East 7th Street
> Hennepin Avenue
> Lake Street
> Nicollet Avenue
> Robert Street
> Snelling Avenue / Ford Parkway
> West Broadway Avenue
> West 7th Street
The concept would improve travel speed, increase reliability, enhance the ride and create faster connections. Making these things a reality requires eliminating delays: from cutting the time it takes to board, reducing the time buses wait at traffic lights and lessening time spent in traffic congestion.
A "rapid bus" system would have vehicles that feature low floors and allow boarding from either door. Fares would be paid before boarding – just as on light rail – so more time is spent moving rather than at bus stops. Trips would be frequent with fewer stops per mile. Stations would have enhanced information displays and better lighting and radiant heat.
NEW: Two north Minneapolis corridors studied
Since completing the initial study in April 2012, Metro Transit has explored potential for the arterial BRT concept in two additional corridors: Chicago-Fremont, which extends the "rapid bus" concept from Chicago Avenue into north Minneapolis on Fremont and Emerson avenues; and a new corridor, Penn Avenue.
Give us your thoughts
Tell us what you think about the "rapid bus" concept. Email us at ATCS@metc.state.mn.us.