Thursday, November 12, 2009

Transit improvement projects

Transit improvement projects = more choices for you

The reconstruction of Marquette and 2nd avenues in downtown Minneapolis is one of several transit improvement projects funded through the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA), a federal-state partnership that aims to reduce traffic congestion by providing commuters more choices.

Here are more UPA projects to watch for:

  • I-35W & County Road C Park & Ride – Roseville
    Metro Transit in December will open a 460-space, four-level parking ramp just east of I-35W at County Road C and Cleveland Avenue North.
    Park for free in this ramp for direct service to downtown Minneapolis on new Route 264, which begins on Dec. 14. The new route will offer seven morning trips to downtown and eight return trips.
  • 95th Avenue Park & Ride – Blaine
    In mid-November, look for the opening of a new 550-space ramp at the 95th Avenue Park & Ride in Blaine. This ramp offers frequent express service to downtown Minneapolis, with buses leaving every 7 to 10 minutes during rush hour. Also, direct service to U of M is available from this site.
  • New technology means faster trips
    Starting in mid-December, specially equipped buses will communicate with an approaching traffic signal and ask it to hold the green light for the bus, keeping your bus moving. Transit signal priority systems have been installed at 27 intersections on Central Avenue in Columbia Heights and Minneapolis for Routes 10, 118 and 829.
  • Freeway information signs
    Also in mid-December, real-time electronic commuter information signs are planned at select locations along the I-35W corridor to alert motorists about the estimated travel time to downtown for trips by auto and bus, and how many parking spots are still available at nearby Park & Ride lots.

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