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      The New Red Line

      Posted on December 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM

      Photo of new METRO Red Line bus
      A sneak peak at the new METRO Red Line buses which will provide station-to-station service from the Apple Valley Transit Station to the Mall of America.

      It’s been a long time coming – with years of planning and study – but the METRO Red Line Service on Cedar Avenue is just a few months away. 

      The METRO Red Line will provide station-to-station service from the Apple Valley Transit Station to the Mall of America, with additional stops at 147th Street and 140th Street in Apple Valley and the Cedar Grove station in Eagan. The line will use bus-only shoulder lanes constructed with roadway improvements along Cedar Avenue. The bus-only shoulder lanes extend south into Lakeville for future service development and also support express bus service in the Cedar Avenue corridor.

      The Red Line is the second corridor to be completed in the METRO transitway system, the first being the METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha LRT). Red Line service is set to begin in late Spring 2013, and the service will be operated under contract to the Metropolitan Council by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA). The next line will be the METRO Green Line (Central Corridor LRT) when it begins service in 2014.

      “The METRO Red Line is one example of the kind of service our region needs to truly have a 21st century transportation system,” said Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh. “It features key amenities and technology – and provides additional transit choices for our region’s residents.”

      Connecting transit, jobs, housing, and community amenities is a key goal of the overall vision for the Twin Cities region.
       
      “Transit plays an important role in our regional economy – getting workers to jobs, easing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and cutting commuting costs,” Haigh said. “And it’s a proven catalyst for economic development. We’re anxious to see all the opportunities in store for this part of the region because of this service.”

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