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METRO Red Line Final Design

Recognizing the need to maximize mobility along the congested Cedar Avenue corridor, the Dakota County Regional Rail Authority, along with local and regional partners, embarked on a 10-year program that completed several transit studies for the Cedar Avenue/TH 77 corridor. The result of the studies demonstrated the need to develop the METRO Red Line, which includes Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the roadway shoulder, transit stations, and upgraded park and ride facilities.

The SRF Team completed final plans, specifications, and estimate for highway improvements and the shoulder-running BRT between 179th Street in Lakeville to 138th Street in Apple Valley. We also completed final PS&E for the Apple Valley Transit Station and parking structures. SRF’s design work for this project included:

  • Roadway design
  • Streetscaping and landscaping
  • Retaining walls
  • Sidewalks and trails
  • Traffic signals
  • Wayfinding signage
  • Construction staging
  • Drainage design
  • Parking structure and skyway design
  • Lighting
  • Site design

Other key project elements included:

  • Incorporating community development plans, station area planning, and transit oriented design potential into the project development process.
  • Providing convenient, desirable, and safe travel for all modes along Cedar Avenue including BRT, automobiles, pedestrians, and bicycles.
  • Minimizing adverse social, economic, and environmental impacts and pursuing opportunities to enhance these qualities within the corridor.
  • Conducting public outreach to understand community concerns and perspectives, broaden public understanding of BRT and how corridor users will benefit.


Dakota County Regional Rail Authority
Dakota County, Minnesota
Minnesota County Engineering Association 2013 Project of the Year.
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Aerial View of Bus Line