Chart of the Day: Hennepin Avenue Peak Hour Mode Share

Today is the day that the semi-vaunted “test” of Hennepin Avenue dedicated bus lanes kicks off. What excitement for people who are really interested in transit design and/or on-street parking policy!

(A special “hello” to all twelve of you.)

Kidding aside, the test is a big deal. Congestion on Hennepin Avenue during rush hours is relatively bad, and speeding up the bus could make a meaningful difference for the lives of hundreds or thousands of people.

Via Jon Commers’ Twitter, here’s a chart from the Metro Transit’s brochure on the test:

As Commers says, “at peak hours, service carries almost half the people traveling Hennepin Avenue, in just 2-3% of the total vehicles.”

Hennepin Avenue is a major transit artery, and yet buses are stuck in traffic on the street every day. Because the street is so narrow, any changes short of a gondola (yes that is a real link) involve a trade-off. In this case, we’re getting rid of some of the on-street parking during certain hours of the day (at least in theory) and giving that space to people riding on buses.

True story: I once parked on Hennepin Avenue during rush hour and it was terrifying.

If you’re around Hennepin Avenue South over the next few days, or taking the buses down or around Hennepin, please write a post or comment here about what you think of the trial design!

[Read much more about Hennepin Avenue with these links.]

Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.