Regional Transit Projects

Regional Transit Planning 

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. One area in which the Metropolitan Council plays an important role is in the region's transportation system. A second agency with a regional focus is the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Like highways, transit needs to have a plan to guide infrastructure investments so the funds available can be used in a cost-effective manner. Two documents that guide the decision making process are the Metropolitan Council 2030 Transportation Policy Plan and MnDOT Freight and Passenger Rail Plan.

Regional Transitway Projects 

  1. Commuter Rail
  2. Light Rail Transit (LRT)
  3. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
  4. High Speed Rail
  5. Multi-Modal Transportation Hubs

Commuter Rail 

Trains run on existing freight rail tracks and are powered by either a diesel or electric locomotive. Commuter rail service is designed for longer distance commuter trips with station stops every three to five miles. Due to the long distances and high speeds of travel, commuter rail focuses on providing every passenger with a seat and trains are equipped with amenities like tables, power outlets, and restrooms. Commuter rail scheduling is focused on the morning and evening rush hours with trains typically scheduled every 30 minutes.