C Line bus rapid transit (BRT) on Penn Avenue
C Line BRT on Penn Avenue will provide fast, reliable bus service with enhanced station amenities similar to LRT. The C Line does not require street widening or wide-scale removal of parking lanes, and offers:
- Buses that come so often you won't need a schedule, and they make fewer stops, so you'll be moving more of the time.
- Faster boarding (since you pay your fare before you get on) and fare enforcement by the Transit Police (like the train).
- "Stops" will become "stations" with heated shelters, more transit information, better maps, and real-time departure signs, so you'll always know when the bus is coming.
- Stations will have security cameras, emergency phones, and improved lighting, so they will be safer.
- BRT buses will look different, be more recognizable, and have wider aisles and additional doors, so more people can get on and off easily.
The C Line could be constructed as early as 2017, pending funding availability. Planning on the project has advanced in coordination with Penn Avenue Community Works in 2014 and 2015, and detailed design on the C Line will begin in 2016.
More information on BRT, including the proposed C Line route and station locations, is available online from Metro Transit at www.metrotransit.org/c-line-project.
How was the routing for BRT determined? How will it connect to future light rail?
Like the route 19 it will substantially replace, the C Line is designed to carry the high volume of riders along Penn Avenue and Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55) to downtown. Most current users of route 19 will be served by the new C Line. Route 19 will continue to run along Penn Avenue at revised frequencies to meet riders’ needs.
A strong connection to Southwest LRT is planned at Royalston Station, optimizing better service along Olson Memorial Highway and faster travel for most users’ trips.
The C Line is not a good candidate for connecting with Southwest LRT at Penn Avenue Station. The majority of C Line riders will be destined for downtown Minneapolis and forcing those customers to transfer to Southwest LRT to complete their trip would create a significant time penalty for those riders. However, as part of the connecting bus route planning phase for Southwest LRT, other connecting bus service from North Minneapolis to the Penn Avenue LRT station will be considered.