Stop the Delay! Support 24/7 Bus Lanes in the Hennepin Ave S Redesign ON DAY 1!
UPDATE 5/16/22: Public Works is bringing the Hennepin Avenue S layout forward for Council approval on May 19 and 24/7 bus lanes hang in the balance.
On December 7, 2021 the Minneapolis Public Works Department released their recommended layout for the Hennepin Avenue South reconstruction project from Lake Street to Douglas Avenue (construction will begin in 2024). The design includes car traffic lanes in both directions with additional dedicated left-turn lanes, full-time dedicated bus lanes, wider sidewalks, a protected bikeway, improved crosswalks, a planted center median, and more. This design would make Hennepin Avenue S comfortable and accessible for all users.
After months of delay, Public Works is finally bringing forward the final layout for approval by the Minneapolis City Council, beginning with the Infrastructure and Public Works Committee on May 19 and the full Council on May 26.
Unfortunately the layout has been amended to remove 24/7 bus lanes from the project's opening.
Public Works may claim that this layout is the same as the original recommended layout, however that is not true. The new plan that Public Works is bringing forward would delay the implementation of 24/7 bus lanes until an unspecified date in the future. There is no accountability and no reason to believe that they will happen anytime soon.
This is unacceptable. These bus lanes are urgently needed for the thousands who depend on transit to access their daily needs. 24/7 bus lanes must be included on day 1 of the project's opening.
Send an email to tell Public Works Director Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council Members to restore the original layout that includes 24/7 bus lanes.