FTA awards grant for Orange Line bus rapid transit project in Minneapolis

The goal of the project is to improve mobility and transit service in the region’s busiest express bus corridor

June 20, 2019
Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Minneapolis
Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Minneapolis; courtesy FTA

The U.S. DOT's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced a $74.1 million grant to the Metropolitan Council for construction of the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Minneapolis.

The goal of the project is to improve mobility and transit service in the region’s busiest express bus corridor.

The Orange Line BRT project is a 17-mile, 12-station line that will operate largely along I-35W, running south from downtown Minneapolis through the suburbs of Richfield, Bloomington, and Burnsville. The BRT line will connect riders along the route to major job centers—including downtown Minneapolis—as well as headquarters for major companies, offering frequent, daily service. The total project cost is $150.7 million.

Funding for the Orange Line BRT project is provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, which provides funding for major transit projects nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.

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NEWS & IMAGE SOURCE: FTA

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