MnDOT issued this press release today regarding the completion of the first Urban Partnership Agreement project in Minneapolis. This particular project is a transit-advantage bus-only turn lane on Highway 77 (Cedar Avenue) in Minneapolis. It allows buses traveling north on Highway 77 to cross southbound Highway 77 and use the ramp from southbound Highway 77 to westbound Highway 62. It also allows buses to avoid using the often congested Highway 77 northbound loop to westbound Highway 62.
MnDOT emphasizes that, "The bus-only turn lane will be used exclusively by buses. Signs will be posted to ensure motorists understand that it is for buses-only." The agency also notes that Mn/DOT transit riders could expect to save between five and 10 minutes during peak times.
Minnesota was awarded $133.3 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s "Urban Partnership Agreement" for strategies to reduce traffic congestion in the Twin Cities. For more information on UPA, visit the UPA Web site.
What do you think? Is this a good thing for transit riders?