City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit partner on Seventh Street bus lane downtown

November 10, 2021

Crews have installed a new bus lane on Seventh Street between Chicago and First avenues in downtown Minneapolis. Bus lanes are a cost-effective way to:

  • Improve the speed and reliability of service for customers.
  • Make transit more enjoyable.
  • Help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing idle time.

Seventh Street is a key downtown transit corridor with bus rapid transit (BRT), including  the METRO C Line and the future METRO D Line, along with local and express bus service serving communities in both north and south Minneapolis.  

The Seventh Street bus lane follows the implementation of bus lanes on Hennepin and Chicago avenues in the fall of 2019, which have been successful in improving transit reliability on the corridors. The Hennepin bus lanes are used during peak weekday periods between Franklin Avenue and Lake Street. The bus lane on southbound Chicago Avenue runs from East 28th Street to the Chicago/Lake Transit Center.

Bus lanes support goals in the City’s 10-year Transportation Action Plan: climate, safety, equity, prosperity, mobility and active partnerships. They make transit a more reliable and dependable option for downtown workers and residents. They also help the City achieve its goal of having three out of every five trips taken by walking, bicycling or transit to help achieve the City’s climate goals.

Learn more about the City’s Transportation Action Plan.