Transit & Transitways

Enhancing our region's quality of life and economic competitiveness

Public transportation enhances quality of life and the economic competitiveness of the region. The benefits of public transit go beyond simply having access to specific transit service. Transit-oriented development (TOD) with mixed-use residential and commercial amenities can revitalize neighborhoods in many ways.

We work to improve the region's transit and transitways by studying transit options and best practices, and recommending improvements.

Regional Transit Ridership

We track transit ridership in the seven-county metro area each year. Read about the most recent regional transit ridership details.

Transit Service Allocation Study

This project is studying regional transit’s competing roles of serving the largest geography possible and best serving the areas that generate the most ridership. The design of the transit system reflects regional values, and how transit fits into and supports the overall transportation system. More about the Transit Service Allocation Study

2012-2016 Regional Services Improvement Plan (RSIP)

This plan identifies opportunities to improve transit service in the Twin Cities metropolitan area between 2012-2016 by expanding service coverage and increasing the frequency and span of service of the regular-route transit network. More about the Regional Services Improvement Plan.

Regional Transitway Guidelines

The 2012 guidelines were created to provide technical guidance based in best practices for developing transitways in corridors that will be served by commuter rail, light rail and bus rapid transit. More about the Regional Transitway Guidelines.

Highway Transitway Corridor Study

This 2014 study of eight highway corridors looked at the potential for Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in relatively high existing peak-hour, commuter transit demand. More about the Highway Transitway Corridor Study.

Arterial Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study

In 2011-2012, Metro Transit studied 11 urban corridors with high-ridership bus routes that connect major destinations for implementation of enhanced bus service. More about the Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Study.

Transportation Coordination Action Plan

This 2013 action plan is intended to increase understanding of public transit and human service transportation coordination, identify opportunities for improvement, establish strategies for funding and prioritize needs and strategies. More about the Transportation Coordination Action Plan.


The annual regional park-and-ride survey tracks facility use and emerging travel patterns by park-and-ride users across the Twin Cities region. Survey results are described in an annual park-and-ride system report and used to develop a long-range Park-and-Ride Plan. More about Park-and-Rides.

2009 Twin Cities Transit System Performance Evaluation

This review of the regional transit system includes a description of transit providers, performance statistics, a comparison to peer regions, a summary of capital investments, and a summary of transit's impacts on highways. More about the 2009 Twin Cities Transit System Performance Evaluation.

Transportation System Performance Evaluation

This 2012 evaluation is a comprehensive review of the Twin Cities transportation system, prepared to inform the 2014 update of the 2040 Transportation Policy Plan. More about the Twin Cities Transportation System Performance Evaluation.