The Twin Cities To Get a First Test of Bus Rapid Transit in June

Metro Transit officials announced the opening date for the A Line—the first of potentially many more rapid bus routes featuring platform level boarding and signal priority.
February 14, 2016, 9am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Twin Cities’ first arterial version of Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is set to begin passenger service on June 11," reports Peter Callaghan. Met Council Chair Adam Duininck announced the news earlier this week.

"The A Line route will begin at Rosedale, pass through St. Paul via Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway and end in Minneapolis at the 46th Street light rail station," adds Callaghan.

The article begins by pitching Bus Rapid Transit as an alternative to rail transit—both in cost and in the hearts of "transit snobs." The article eventually goes into detail about the features of this bus line, which will include some, but not all, of the perks of Bus Rapid Transit. All in all, the A Line is expected to complete its route 20 percent faster than existing buses. If riders take to the new A Line, "Metro Transit would like to build 11 BRT alignments on its most heavily traveled corridors by 2030," adds Callaghan.

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Published on Thursday, February 11, 2016 in MinnPost
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