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Bus only lanes

The City of Minneapolis has launched bus only lane projects and pilots to improve speed and reliability of high usage transit corridors that benefit from dedicated lane space that is unobstructed from vehicular traffic. 

The Transportation Action Plan will put forth a series of transit strategies and actions designed to make transit a more desirable and viable option for people that move to and through the city on a daily basis. Lessons learned from early bus only lane projects and pilots will help inform the Transportation Action Plan.  While there are existing bus only lanes accommodated on downtown corridors including Marquette and 2nd (Marq2), and Nicollet Mall, and in response to construction impacts, such as on Lake Street, the current initiatives are evaluating possible implementation on a citywide basis where service reliability is inconsistent.

Bus only lane project and pilot locations

Building off the City’s first successful bus only lane pilot deployment on Hennepin Ave in 2018, the City of Minneapolis, in partnership with Metro Transit, has installed and will continue to pilot several bus-only lanes in 2019 and 2020 to improve the speed and reliability of transit throughout the city.  

Different techniques and designs will be tested and implemented on transit corridors and will influence future bus only lanes as they expand into a network of permanent infrastructure across the city.  This work is being supported by American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC).

Bus only lanes have been permanently established by re-using excess roadway space on Chicago Avenue and by creating curbside dynamic lanes on Hennepin Avenue where the permitted use depends on the time of day.

Bus only lanes will be piloted on Nicollet Avenue in November 2019 to test new strategies on a corridor that has different characteristics and context.

2019 projects

Chicago Ave 

Permanent southbound center running bus-only lane/turn lane from 28th Street to the Chicago-Lake Transit Station
Reuses existing right-of-way while maintaining on-street parking and existing north and southbound travel lanes
Will be in operation 24 hours a day
May adjust the configuration once the future D Line is up and operational in 2021

Hennepin Ave 

Permanent weekday curbside dynamic lanes 
o Northbound from Lake Street to Uptown Transit Center, weekdays from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
o Northbound from 25th Street to Franklin Avenue, weekdays from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
o Southbound from 25th Street to Uptown Transit Center, weekdays from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Reuses curbside parking during weekday peak hours
Parking is permitted outside of the designated bus only lane hours 


Temporary, two-week test; November 4th-19th
Northbound travel lane will be converted to a bus-only lane
Center turn lane will be repurposed as the northbound vehicular lane
Traffic cones and signage to separate vehicular and bus lanes
Right-turn restrictions on northbound traffic 
Bus stop closure at 25th Street East during a portion of the pilot

2020 projects 

The City is partnering with Metro Transit and other regional partners on 2020 projects. This website will be updated as more information is available.

Bus only lane FAQS

Please contact 311 with questions or to provide feedback on the pilots and projects. 


Last updated Nov 7, 2019



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