Transit: Increase the frequency, speed, and reliability of the public transit system in order to increase ridership and support new housing and jobs.
2016 marked the 6th consecutive year in a row that Metro Transit ridership surpassed 80 million annual rides. Metro Transit’s system includes light rail, high frequency, rapid, commuter and local bus lines as well as Metro Mobility and community partnerships that extend the reach of transit use to the outer edges of the metro area. In 2015, 13.1% of the working population over 16 in Minneapolis used public transportation to commute to work and in the core of downtown, transit carries 45-54% of peak period passenger trips. Approximately 18% of Minneapolis households are without access to a personal vehicle, making transit, car-sharing or carpooling, or non-motorized transportation a necessity for many in the city.
Public transit is essential to providing transportation choices that aid in combating climate change and reducing economic disparities. As our city’s population grows, it will be necessary to increase the frequency, speed, and reliability of the public transit system in order to increase ridership and support new housing and jobs.
The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to increase the frequency, speed, and reliability of the public transit system in order to increase ridership and support new housing and jobs.
- Actively shape and define the City’s transit vision and operations framework, with a focus on outcomes rather than modes.
- Work with regional partners to make transit more effective at the local level on both major regional projects as well as the local network.
- Support Metro Transit’s efforts to install higher quality infrastructure (bus shelters, heating, lights) and coordinate these improvements with street improvement projects.
- Partner with Metro Transit and other transit providers to provide reliable service in Minneapolis through transit advantages, including priority transit lanes.
- Coordinate major transit projects with housing, economic development, and other transportation-related capital improvement investments, including connections to transit via walking and bicycling.
- Ensure that high frequency bus routes serve areas with the highest residential, employment and commercial densities.
- Support the creation of MnPASS for transit advantages to encourage more regional transit use into the downtown core; the conversion of general purpose freeway lanes to MnPASS lanes is preferred over capacity expansion.
- Increase and improve transit and mobility options within, to, from and around Downtown to support commerce and density.