Metro Transit A Line Bus Rapid Transit

Roseville, Saint Paul, Minnesota

As the demand for transit increases, more providers are looking for cost-effective ways to deliver efficient, reliable transit service. Arterial bus rapid transit (BRT) is meeting this growing need. The A Line, the Twin Cities’ first arterial BRT, is a 10-mile route that follows Snelling Avenue from Rosedale Center (in Roseville) to Ford Parkway (in Saint Paul) and then along Ford Parkway/46th Street to the 46th Street Station of the Blue Line LRT at Hiawatha Avenue.

The A Line runs in mixed-traffic and incorporates limited-stop service, technology improvements, and branding to differentiate the service from regular bus routes. The goal of arterial BRT is to provide faster, more frequent service and to offer an all-around improved customer experience. Reduced signal and passenger boarding delays, combined with fewer stops results in faster service. More comfortable vehicles, stations, information technology, and improved service reliability provide an enhanced passenger experience.

SRF performed traffic operations analysis along the entire A-Line corridor and delivered preliminary and final design services for nine stations located on 46th Street, Ford Parkway and two southerly stations on Snelling Avenue. Our partners, Kimley-Horn, provided similar design services for the 12 remaining stations on Snelling Avenue. Our work included station elements such as shelters, pylons, bike racks, benches, lighting, real-time signing, ticket vending machines, and trash receptacles. We also identified modifications to the traffic signals to accommodate transit signal priority (TSP), as well as the detailed design necessary to construct the project. Close coordination with both Hennepin and Ramsey Counties was required as both agencies had reconstruction projects that coincided with the A Line BRT design and construction.

Client:
Metro Transit

Project Partners:
Kimley Horn Associates
M-P Consultants
Luken Architecture