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A Line moving ahead
One reason less parking will be needed, Zimmer said, is the $25 million Snelling BRT project. The first of 12 arterial bus lines proposed for the metro area, the A Line moved closer to reality last month on two fronts: Gov. Mark Dayton included $10 million for it in his bonding recommendations, closing the project’s funding gap, and the Metropolitan Council contracted with Kimley-Horn & Associates for $1.9 million to design a uniform BRT station.
The Snelling Avenue route was chosen as the metro area’s first arterial BRT because of its popularity with riders, varied destinations and connections with the two light-rail lines, said Katie Roth, Metro Transit’s project manager for arterial BRT.
Unlike BRT used on freeways, arterial BRT is a city system that doesn’t use dedicated lanes. There are fewer and quicker stops than with regular buses, since tickets are bought in advance as with light rail.
The A Line will include 20 pairs of stations with 38 platforms, each with its own ticket machine, Roth said. One pair of stations will be located near Selby, perhaps at Dayton Avenue.
In the meantime, a community task force will look at ways to make the busy intersection safer for pedestrians, and the local business association will analyze the need for additional off-street parking.
As for Ayd Mill Road, movement on that issue may have to await the drafting of a new area plan in the next year. Neighborhoods First still wants the roadway turned into a linear park, or at the very least, a two-lane parkway or city street.
The only thing all sides agree on with respect to the road, White said, is that the status quo won’t do.
“We think it will be more productive to have it be part of that larger conversation, and that will help resolve differences of opinion,” she said.
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