Bus lanes expected to cut Downtown travel times

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December 7, 2009 // UPDATED 1:45 pm - December 10, 2009
By: Kathryn Holahan
Kathryn Holahan
Metro Transit expects to shave 10 minutes off Downtown travel times when buses start using the double lanes on 2nd and Marquette avenues Dec. 14.     

Metropolitan Council officials, city leaders and transit managers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Leamington Transit Center Dec. 11 to commemorate the completion of the project, according to a Metro Transit press release. Mayor R.T. Rybak, Metropolitan Council Chair Peter Bell, Metropolitan Transportation Services Director Arlene McCarthy and Scott McBride, the Minnesota Department of Transportation Metro district engineer, are expected to make statements at the ceremony.
More than 26,000 people riding express buses on 65 routes will use the two streets. The buses will pass one another and stop at every other block. More than two-dozen waiting shelters are also being installed and will be completed in the coming weeks.

This project is one of several funded through the Urban Partnership Agreement. The UPA is a series of transportations projects aimed at reducing traffic congestion on I-35W, Highway 77/Cedar Avenue and Downtown.