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Twin Cities A Line: 30,000 Rides in First Week

Metro Transit in Minneapolis/St. Paul reported that passengers on its new A Line BRT service took more than 30,000 rides during its first week of operation.

The 10-mile A Line, which entered service June 11 following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, is the first of a dozen rapid bus lines to be built by Metro Transit throughout the region. It runs from the city of Roseville into St. Paul, crosses the Mississippi River into Minneapolis, and connects to the system’s two light rail lines. Stations are located about one-half mile apart to speed service and connect customers to major destinations.

“Our riders are at the forefront of the design of the A Line and its stations,” said Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb. “Features including heated shelters with improved lighting, security cameras and real-time displays that let riders know when buses will arrive are only a few of the things that show how we work to act on our riders’ needs. By doing this, we have worked to make good on our commitment to improving service in one of the busiest transportation corridors in the area.”

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said, “The A Line will make commuting more convenient for thousands of Minnesotans every day and reduce congestion for those who can’t use transit. The metro area needs transit projects like the A Line, which supports jobs and economic growth today, and will handle double the ridership by 2030.”

Upgraded features on the A Line include prepaid boarding, technology that gives buses priority at intersections, redesigned buses with wider doors and aisles and free onboard Wi-Fi. The service operates with 40-foot Gillig buses.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), holding scissors, prepares to cut the ribbon to open Metro Transit's A Line BRT. Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb is second from right, holding the ribbon, and FTA Region 5 Administrator Marisol Simon is to the left of Klobuchar.

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