On Nov. 28, the Federal Transit Administration announced it will fully fund the federal share of $74.1 million for the METRO Orange Line BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project. The announcement means the $150.7 million project has now secured all funding and can now move into the final stages of construction, including construction of the Knox Avenue Transitway and station construction in Richfield, Bloomington and Burnsville.
“This is great news! The Orange Line BRT project is a critical part of building a 21st Century transportation system in Minnesota,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “This bus rapid transit route will provide better, faster transit services for more than 115,000 area residents, reduce congestion and support continued economic growth throughout the region.”
Under a partnership with MnDOT, early construction of Orange Line elements begun in 2018 through the 35W@94 project in Minneapolis.
Stay tuned for information on upcoming community events to celebrate full funding and the kickoff of Orange Line construction in Richfield, Bloomington and Burnsville.