Potential bus improvements to Hennepin or Lake St?

Featured, Policy — By on October 4, 2011 6:40 am

Metro Transit is exploring the possibility of improving Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue’s bus service as a part of their Arterial Transitway study (thanks for the heads up TwinCitiesStreetsforPeople.org).

The study is looking at a number of corridors (American Boulevard, West 7th, Hennepin, Lake, Chicago, Nicollet, Central, West Broadway, East 7th, and Snelling and identifying how to increase speed, improve reliability, enhance the experience, and improve connectivity between major destinations. Given that these routes represent half (49%) of all urban local ridership, there is potential to greatly enhance the lives of the people Metro Transit serves.

One component the study talks about is creating rapid bus service by having only two to three stops per mile, off-bus payment stations, multiple door boarding, far-side stops (as to get through the green light without having to stop), and signal prioritization. All of these things have been employed by other cities and seem to make a difference in the quality of their service. For Minneapolis, the earliest we’d see it implemented is 2014 on the first corridor. By 2020, they hope to have the rest implemented.

Right now the study is in its infancy and Metro Transit is looking for your input. Please email them or attend a meeting:

Tuesday, Oct. 11 – 6 to 8 p.m.
Metro State University, Founders Hall
700 E. 7th St., St. Paul

Nearby bus routes: 61, 63 and 74
Parking ($2.50) is available on Maria St. between E. 6th and 7th streets, across from Founders Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Midtown Global Market, basement meeting room
920 E. Lake St., Suite G10, Minneapolis

Nearby bus routes: 5, 21, 27, 39 and 53
Paid parking is available across 10th Avenue from the Midtown Exchange – it can be validated with a purchase from any Midtown Market vendor. Metered parking is also available on Elliot Avenue but cannot be validated.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Central Library, Doty Board Room, N-280
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

The library is served by many local and express bus routes. Find your route with the Trip Planner.
Public parking is located on 4th St. between Hennepin and Nicollet for $3/hour or $4 for two hours.

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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4 Comments

  1. Cedar Phillips says:

    I LOVED my rapid bus route in LA — it made a long commute bearable (and shaved off a LOT of time). I think it would work well in Minneapolis.

  2. uptowner says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. those routes need streetcars

  3. Spencer says:

    Improvements to these bus routes can’t happen soon enough. Alot of the changes they are looking at are common sense improvements that have already been implemented successfully in other cities.

    I hope they start with the 21. Traffic signal priority alone would go a long way in improving that route’s pathetic travel time and reliability. Add reduced stops, off-board fare payment, and all-door boarding/alighting and you would have a quality service that would be a joy to use.

  4. ELIMINATE HALF of all bus stops!
    Impose a minimum of TWO CITY BLOCKS between all bus stops and those busses would fly!

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