Metro Transit will try operating rush hour bus-only lanes this week on Hennepin Avenue, investigating whether they should be part of a future “E Line” bus service overhaul on Hennepin.
The May 15-17 pilot restricts street parking on the east side of the street between Franklin Avenue and 26th Street from 6 a.m.-10 a.m., and restricts parking on the west side of the street between 26th Street and the Uptown Transit Center from 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
The pilot aims to help Metro Transit learn about travel time changes and hear reactions from riders, businesses and property owners. The concept is similar to the bus-only lanes on Marquette Avenue downtown, with the goal of faster, more reliable bus service, particularly on snowy and congested days.
Hennepin Avenue is one of the region’s busiest transit corridors, tallying 400 daily bus trips and 3,300 weekday boarders between Lake Street and Franklin Avenue.
Metro Transit is studying ways to improve Hennepin Avenue bus service as part of the E Line project, which may begin construction in 2022 if funding is secured.
For more information on the bus lane pilot, visit metrotransit.org.
Summer construction this season will include the reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue between Lake Street and 36th Street.
The City of Minneapolis is also planning to reconstruct Hennepin Avenue between Douglas Avenue and Lake Street in 2023. The corridor is targeted to become a future bikeway.