Bus and Bus Rapid Transit Investments

Bus improvements

Metro Transit’s Speed and Reliability Program finds and implements low-cost, common-sense strategies to improve the performance of local bus service along high ridership corridors and routes through two types of initiatives:

  • Bus Corridor Projects focus on improving speed and reliability along specific, high-ridership corridors that are usually served by more than one urban local bus route
  • Better Bus Routes focuses on improving the speed, reliability, accessibility, and customer experience on one high ridership local bus route at a time Transit projects now operating

Bus rapid transit corridors in operation

Corridors in engineering or construction

  • METRO Gold Line — A bus rapid transit line that will connect downtown St. Paul to stations in east St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale, and Woodbury along dedicated bus lanes.
  • METRO Purple Line — A 14-mile bus rapid transit route connecting Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul to east side neighborhoods of Saint Paul and the cities of Maplewood, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, and White Bear Lake. Previously called the Rush Line.
  • METRO B Line — A bus rapid transit upgrade that will substantially replace the western portion of Route 21, serving Lake Street and Marshall Avenue between uptown Minneapolis and the Midway area in St. Paul.
  • METRO E Line — A bus rapid transit upgrade that will substantially replace parts of Route 6 in the Hennepin Avenue corridor, serving uptown Minneapolis.
  • METRO F Line — A bus rapid transit upgrade in the Route 10 corridor from downtown Minneapolis to Northtown Transit Center along Central Avenue, 53rd Avenue, and University Avenue.
  • Riverview Corridor — Modern streetcar transit connecting downtown St. Paul to the south loop district in Bloomington, linking to the METRO Blue Line near Fort Snelling.

Future corridor investments

  • METRO G Line — Potential bus rapid transit line for the Rice/Robert corridor served by Route 62 and Route 68.
  • METRO H Line — Potential bus rapid transit line for the Como/Maryland corridor served by Route 3.
  • Red Rock Corridor — Potential bus rapid transit corridor along Highway 61 in the southeast metro.
  • Robert Street — Potential transit investment along Robert Street south of downtown St. Paul.
  • West Broadway Transit Study (PDF) — Potential transit investment along West Broadway in north Minneapolis and into Robbinsdale.
  • Highway 169 — Potential highway bus rapid transit providing service to 10 new stations from Shakopee to downtown Minneapolis primarily along Highway 169 and Highway 55.
  • METRO Orange Line Extension — Proposed extension of the METRO Orange Line from the Burnsville Parkway Station to the Kenrick Park & Ride in Lakeville, adding two or more stations and approximately five miles to the initial line.