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Request for Committee Action

Support for Chicago-Emerson-Fremont bus rapid transit (D-Line) (RCA-2017-01394)

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT
Intergovernmental Relations Department
To Committee(s)
# Committee Name Meeting Date
1 Committee of the Whole Dec 13, 2017
Lead Staff:
Gene Ranieri, Director, Intergovernmental Relations
Presented By:
Loren Olson, Government Relations Representative
Action Item(s)
# File Type Subcategory Item Description
1 Resolution City Policy

Passage of Resolution reaffirming support for the Chicago-Emerson-Fremont bus rapid transit line and its place within the Current Revenue Scenario of the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Policy Plan.

Ward / Neighborhood / Address
# Ward Neighborhood Address
1. All Wards
Background Analysis

The Chicago-Emerson-Fremont bus rapid transit line (D-Line) will serve an 18.5 mile corridor including Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, Bloomington and Richfield. This corridor is currently served by bus route 5 - the highest ridership bus line within the Metro Transit system with 5 million annual passengers. During rush hour, route 5 according to the Metropolitan Council carries 20% of people traveling through this corridor. The D-line is expected to make service 20-25 percent faster. Bus rapid transit service has also been shown to increase transit ridership. The Metropolitan Council is charged with guiding the orderly development of the region and to present policies and plans to guide the development of the region's transportation system; it does the latter through its Transportation Policy Plan (TPP) which is updated every 4 years. An update to the TPP is currently underway and there is a proposed change affecting the D-Line. The D-Line is currently included within a "Current Revenue Scenario" of the TPP which includes corridors which are expected to be constructed within 10 years of the plan and which provide the strongest contributions to meeting Thrive MSP 2040 outcomes and regional goals and objectives. The projects are also furthest along in implementing land use strategies around transitways that further support the region’s desired results. Local governments are assumed to be conducting or implementing station-area planning for these corridors. The proposed change would move this project into the "Increased Revenue Scenario" which generally reflects projects which have the potential to be built depending on future contingencies. Communities along the D-Line have been proceeding in good-faith, engaging the public, and land-use planning, with the expectation of the D-Line proceeding as expected and this change would create a loss of confidence about the Metropolitan Council's commitment to the project scope and timeline. Therefore the City would like to re-iterate its strong ongoing support for this critical transitway and urge the Metropolitan Council to maintain the D-Line within the Current Revenue Scenario.

FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT
  • No fiscal impact anticipated