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