Friday, April 29, 2016

Updates on C-Line Bus Rapid Transit

A few weeks ago, Metro Transit announced a delayed in the construction of the C-Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Penn Avenue due to a $15 million funding gap. For many residents in North Minneapolis, this is disappointing news. However, Metro Transit see this delay as an opportunity to better coordinate the reconstruction of Penn Avenue and it's roadway project.

Currently the C-Line is heading into the design and engineering phase for construction in 2018. Buses will be designed to fit the expected capacity projected on the route.

Carious to know how fast a BRT is compared to traditional buses? Try out the first BRT route on Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul. The route is expected to launch in June 2016.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Metro Blue Line Extension Gets Municipal Consents

The Metro Blue Line Extension light rail transit - also known as the Bottineau light rail transit -  gained approval for municipal consent on Wednesday March 2nd , 2016. According to Metropolitan Council, municipal consent is required under Minnesota Law "(Minn. Stat. 473.3994)" and is a process in which local communities affected by the project, review and approve the transit project for the next phase. Approval of the municipal consent means the transit project is one step closer to the construction phase in 2018.

The Metro Blue Line Extension is a 13 miles rail line from Downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park. The line will connect to existing and future metro Green Line and Blue Line in Downtown Minneapolis.

In addition, the Bottineau line will connect with the upcoming C Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) proposed on Penn Avenue North. North Minneapolis transit riders will be able to connect to Bottineau line by using the C Line BRT. Future transit study along W. Broadway is also designed to end at Robbinsdale transit center, a potential connector to the Bottineau line.

The Bottineau line is an exciting transit project. In fact, the project is projected to generate more transit riders from Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Golden Valley, Minneapolis and Downtown Minneapolis. Businesses along the line are excited about the services the line will provide for their employees and their communities, but how will this look like for North Minneapolis business owners and residents?

Are you also excited about the Bottineau line? Let us know what you think.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Metropolitan Council's Recommended C Line Station Release

On February 10, 2016, Metropolitan Council released a recommended C Line station plan for public comments. The C Line is an Arterial Bus Rapid Transit connecting Brooklyn Center to Downtown Minneapolis and runs on Penn Avenue North. The estimated cost of the current plan is $30-$35 million dollars.

The recommended station plan was shaped by project planners and residents input collected during the planning process in 2014-2015. There are currently 23 stations, with 9 stations on Penn Avenue North between 43rd Avenue to Olson Highway. The line will connect to the future extension of both the Metro Green Line and Blue Line on Olson and 7th. More information on individual stations can be found here.
Metro Transit and Metropolitan Council is currently accepting public comments before finalizing the C-Line for detail engineer design and construction in 2017. Public comments are due on March 11, 2016 and can be submitted to Metro Transit will review public comments and begin the Metropolitan Council's approval Process after the March 11th deadline.

Future Transportation Opportunity on West Broadway
West Broadway Avenue is also in the midst of a transit study looking to implement a BRT line or street cars along the corridor. What are your thoughts about having a BRT line or street cars running East and West along West Broadway Avenue? What are some positive and negative impacts of implementing these new kinds of public transit services?

Let us know what you think.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

St. Paul's first rapid-transit bus coming soon

Metro Transit's quest to find a speedier option to connect the Twin Cities' light-rail lines and beyond is coming soon.
Starting next year, the "A Line," a $27 million bus rapid-transit project with features similar to light rail, will run along Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway in St. Paul to connect Rosedale Center in Roseville to the 46th Street light-rail station in Minneapolis.
The line will be the first of a dozen bus rapid-transit lines that the Metropolitan Council has proposed in recent years. It comes at a time when more Americans are settling in the urban core, reversing a decades-long trend of moving out to the suburbs.
In 2013, a rapid bus line opened along Cedar Avenue from Apple Valley to the Mall of America, running on designated shoulder lanes for part of its route. The A Line flows in street traffic.
On an average weekday, about 4,000 people ride the No. 84 bus, which serves the route now, a Metro Transit representative said. Metro Transit says ridership for the No. 84 and the A Line will more than double by 2030.
The 9.7-mile trip between Rosedale and Minneapolis on the A Line will take 35 minutes with the route's fewer stops, which is 13 minutes faster than the existing route, according to a Metro Transit report.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

West Broadway transit study nearing completion, here's an update

With future light-rail lines expected to largely bypass the heart of North Minneapolis, transit planners are finishing analysis on two other transportation options for the area: Streetcars and rapid buses.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

West Broadway Transit Study: What People are Saying

Over the past six months, youth apprentices from Juxtaposition Arts have been talking with people at bus stops and events around North Minneapolis about what's working and not working for them with public transit, and what they want to see along the West Broadway corridor. Here's what they have found out. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"A Line" Arterial BRT Update

Coming next year, the A Line Arterial bus rapid transit service will operate between Rosedale Center in Roseville and the 46th Street light rail station.

The A Line will share some characteristics with the region's Blue and Green Light rail lines. The BRT line will serve as the first example of a number of planned Arterial BRT lines. Currently there are plans for a similar line "C Line" to run down Penn Ave N, another line to run down Fremont Ave N, and a currently being studied line to go down West Broadway.

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