Editorial: A clear case for these buses

Pioneer Press

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Transportation is a predictably divisive issue at the Capitol.

But a proposal to invest $50 million to expand the region’s system of rapid-transit buses on arterial streets — so-called “aBRTs” — need not be.

It’s not a partisan issue for passengers, observes Shannon Watson of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rider satisfaction with the region’s first such service — right here in St. Paul and the east metro on the A Line — is evident.  Since service began in 2016, ridership is up more than 30 percent on the route running in St. Paul along Ford Parkway and Snelling Avenue to a terminus at the Rosedale Transit Center.

Business and transit leaders are making the case for arterial BRTs — featuring faster, more frequent service and some light rail-style amenities — at BetterBusesMSP.com, which they launched last week. The funding they advocate — for design, environmental work, right-of-way acquisition and other costs for the next phase of such routes around the region — is included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal, which would borrow to finance state construction projects.


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Source: Pioneer Press

Link: https://www.twincities.com/2018/04/15/editorial-a-clear-case-for-these-buses/

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