The metropolitan area has an interconnected transit system that transports residents to the places that they want and need to go. Metro Transit is the region’s largest transit provider, providing service to nearly 80% of the fixed-route service areas. The region is also served by five other regular-route transit providers that serve suburban communities and the University of Minnesota. On-demand paratransit service and dial-a-ride services are another critical part of the system.
The design of the transit system is a reflection of regional values and how transit fits into and supports the overall transportation system.
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 study will provide insights on how resources are currently distributed between these roles, and how these roles are valued differently through the lens of a technical evaluation versus input from regional stakeholders on a shared vision for transit. The study will:
Classify and document the existing conditions for distribution of resources between the different roles transit serves
Provide an analysis of different scenarios for regional stakeholders to discuss that will lead to strategic recommendations for policies, goals, or guidelines on how transit can best reflect regional values when considering competing roles
Develop performance measures and design guidelines for how geographic coverage-based transit services should be applied
The study will evaluate existing conditions through April 2020. Scenario development and evaluation is expected to last through summer 2020. A final report is anticipated in fall 2020. There were be two to three stakeholder workshops through the study, with the first scheduled for April 2020.
Network Next: Metro Transit is working on a two-year effort to develop their vision for the bus network of 2040. Building on the existing network’s strengths, Metro Transit is setting out to identify expanded bus service across a spectrum of transit improvements, including improved local and express routes, new arterial bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, and integrated shared mobility options.