TWIN CITIES’ METRO TO LAUNCH RED LINE BRT IN JUNE
Source: Metro Magazine
The Minneapolis/St. Paul-based Metropolitan Council announced it will launch its Red Line bus rapid transit (BRT) service in June 2013.
The 11-mile (18 km) line will provide service along a five-station corridor. Vehicles will utilize bus-only shoulders along Cedar Avenue/State Highway 77. Traffic volumes at the Minnesota River crossing exceed 90,000 vehicles a day, with congestion extending to County Highway 42 in Apple Valley. That intersection is one of the busiest in the state, with 70,000 vehicles per day, with average speeds of 24 mph (39 km/h) by 2040.
Built by Nova Bus, the seven buses that make up the BRT service fleet feature wider doors for easy boarding, modern heating/air conditioning systems, and an open interior design.
Other onboard features include security cameras, two bike racks, and "Next Stop" display and audio announcements. All front and back doors of Red Line buses will be equipped with Go-To card readers for faster boarding.