Bus only lanes

You can learn about the bus only lanes in the City.

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.

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.

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 
*The permanent bus lanes on Hennepin Avenue were evaluated from September 2019 to February 2020 - See the findings from the evaluation.


• 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

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