Metro Transit has a draft plan to make 122 improvements to area bus routes over the next 15 years — assuming there’s funding available — and now wants citizen input on the proposed changes.
Bus officials propose to add service to existing routes, enhance connectivity and introduce more reverse commute options for residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul who work in the suburbs. Also proposed are 11 arterial Bus Rapid Transit lines in frequent service in corridors with strong transit demand.
Four public meetings and a public hearing are scheduled this month to address the draft improvements and make priorities.
The meeting schedule:
- Saturday, 1 to 3:30 p.m., North Community YMCA, 1711 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis. Served by Route 14
- Nov. 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave. S., Edina. Served by routes 6 and 538
- Nov. 15, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Conway Recreation Center, 2090 Conway Ave., St. Paul. Served by routes 63, 70, 74, 80 and 219
- Nov. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Anoka County Northtown Central Library, 711 County Hwy. 10 NE, Blaine
The public hearing will Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Metropolitan Council Chambers, 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul.
Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb said:
Strong express and local bus service is critical to connecting residents to economic and recreational opportunities. The draft Service Improvement Plan provides a strong vision that builds on our existing network and will make our region better-connected than ever.