METRO Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Project

Twin Cities, Minnesota

The METRO Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, led by Metro Transit, is a 17-mile highway BRT line that will run primarily on I-35W between Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville. When built, the Orange Line will provide all-day, frequent, bidirectional transit service at competitive travel times. As part of the consultant team, SRF worked closely with Metro Transit and their partners to design the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit project. The design work involved identifying regulatory approvals required by municipal, state, and resource agencies, and working with the corridor cities, counties, transit providers, and agencies to arrive at an approved design for the transit guideway, stations, and facilities.

SRF provided 30, 60, and 90 percent design concepts as well as construction drawings, bid packages, and project manuals for roadways, sites, and bridges. We also prepared the traffic signal revision and transit signal priority system plans and will oversee the signals during programming, testing, and start of revenue service.

As the project proceeds into construction, SRF will support Metropolitan Council’s construction administration, reviewing vendor submittals to ensure compliance with contract documents, and assisting with change orders and field modifications.

In addition to the design and construction work, SRF assisted Metro Transit with preparation of the Orange Line Small Starts application to the Federal Transit Administration. We reviewed and advised on preparation of the Documented Categorical Exclusion for the project and assisted Metro Transit with public engagement regarding the environmental document.

Client: Metro Transit