High-Tech Rapid Bus Transit in St. Paul
June 16, 2016
In June 2016, Metro Transit debuted a new bus rapid transit system (BRT) to connect the Blue Line Light Rail to the vibrant Snelling Avenue corridor of St. Paul and Roseville, Minn. The new system operates in a more train-like manner, with departures every ten minutes from 40 different stations along the route. The stations provide technology and comfort-focused amenities.
The station shelters are equipped with space heaters, lights, emergency phones,security cameras, and Transit Information NexTrip pylons with monitors that display real-time tracking of arrival information. These, along with infrastructure such as fiber optics, ticketing machines, CCTV, LCD signs, and bus route annunciators were installed. This route is expected to provide a more efficient and comfortable commute through one of the Twin Cities busiest thoroughfares.