Orange Line Overview
What is the METRO Orange Line?
The METRO Orange Line is a planned 17-mile highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along I-35W from downtown Minneapolis to Burnsville.
What is BRT?
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a unique package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience for bus riders.
Goes in both directions
Works with the existing express bus system
Arrives every 10 to 15 minutes
Provides consistent service between stations
Service so frequent you won't need a schedule, along with fewer stops than local routes so you'll be moving more of the time
You'll pay your fare before you get on for faster boarding and wait at enhanced stations
Enhanced stations with more amenities:
Real-time departure signs so you'll always know when the bus is coming, enhanced maps and signage (images from Metro Transit)
Stations with cameras and emergency phones, fare enforcement by Transit Police and improved lighting
Unique, recognizable buses with wider aisles and additional doors so more people can get on and off easily
- All door entry and exit
- On-board announcements and display
- Low floors for easy boarding
- Improved seat configuration
Why Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on I-35W?
The Orange Line will upgrade and replace the existing local Route 535 with enhanced service and amenities, and new station features will benefit other transit riders along the I-35W corridor. Orange Line service will have competitive running times for station-to-station trips and offer a new option for reverse-commuters (riders traveling from urban areas to suburban destinations).
The project includes street improvements, upgraded transit stations, Park & Ride facilities, and improved bus routes. BRT provides high quality, reliable service like light rail transit, but is less expensive to build and allows for a more flexible route.
How would you ride the METRO Orange Line?
Let us know on the Participate page.