U.S. Sens. Tina Smith Secures Significant Federal Funding to Build Rapid Transit Line in Minneapolis

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) announced that she has secured $5 million in federal funding to help build the E Line Bus Rapid Transit Line.

“This project will help expand the transit system in Minneapolis with another fast, affordable way to get around the city,” said Senator Smith. “Transit projects like this one are a win for the local economy, help reduce traffic congestion, and are good for the environment. I’m proud of our work to secure these resources and directly improve the lives of Minnesotans.”

The E Line Bus Rapid Transit Line will provide fast and reliable transportation in the Route 6 corridor along University Avenue in NE Minneapolis, down Hennepin Avenue in downtown and SW Minneapolis, through Linden Hills to France Avenue and South to Southdale Transit Center. The project will likely be completed within the next several years.

Smith has been actively involved in securing federal funding for projects benefiting communities in Minnesota through a process called “Congressionally Directed Spending” (CDS). During the CDS process, Smith has considered project proposals and advocated for funding in close coordination with leaders from across Minnesota.

You can find more information about the E Line here.