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MVTA Transit Ridership Strong, Highest Ever at 2.8 Million Rides

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) saw ridership record again in 2014, with total of 2,812,265 rides in 2014, up 3.9 percent from 2013.

“The MVTA is very pleased with our 2014 ridership growth,” said MVTA Board Chair and Apple Valley Councilmember Clint Hooppaw.  “There is terrific potential in our suburban areas and we provide an excellent service,” he said.  “The addition of such amenities as Wi-Fi on our buses, additional service to the University of Minnesota and operation of the METRO Red Line have all contributed to our growth.”

Highest ridership routes are MVTA’s Route 460 (Burnsville to/from downtown Minneapolis) accommodates some 15 percent of MVTA’s ridership; Route 477 (Apple Valley to/from downtown Minneapolis) accommodates some 13 percent of MVTA’s ridership; and Route 444 (local service between Burnsville/Savage/Cedar Grove and Mall of America) accommodate just less than 10 percent of MVTA’s ridership. 

Two local routes (Route 438 – Eagan Circulator, and Route 440 – Apple Valley/Minnesota Zoo/Cedar Grove/VA Medical Center) and one all-day route (Route 475 between Apple Valley/Cedar Grove and the University of Minnesota) experienced the greatest ridership growth.  Route 438 ridership increased from 7,376 in 2013 to 12,996 in 2014 (up 76 percent); Route 440 ridership increased from 28,786 to 43,039 (up 50 percent) and Route 475 increased from 48,843 to 60,698 in 2014, up 29 percent.  MVTA’s average daily ridership reached a high in September at 11,198 rides.

METRO Red Line, service operated by the MVTA under contract to the Metropolitan Council and funded by the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) increased from 130,733 in 2013 (with slightly more than six months of service since it opened on June 22, 2013) to 265,514 in 2014.

“The economy proved stronger in 2014, and gas prices plummeted, but ridership remained strong,” said MVTA Executive Director Beverley Miller.  “We saw an increase in rides through the Cedar Grove Transit Station with the opening of Twin Cities Premium Outlets,” she said, “and ridership to the University of Minnesota continues to grow.”

Service changes in 2015 include the integration of the Prior Lake and Shakopee BlueXpress Commuter service and the Shakopee Circulator (Route 496), addition of service to the University of Minnesota from Prior Lake and Shakopee, new service to/from downtown Minneapolis from the Marschall Road Transit Station in Shakopee, additional peak-period service between the Rosemount Transit Station to downtown Minneapolis, a potential-rider study of the entire MVTA service area, and a study of service needs in northern Scott County.

MVTA is the public transportation provider for residents and businesses of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Prior Lake, Rosemount,  Savage and Shakopee.  Call (952) 882-7500 for transit information or visit the MVTA web-site at

MVTA 2014 to 2013 Ridership.MVTA 2014 to 2013 Ridership.

Cedar Avenue Transitway Implementation Plan Update Under Way

This project notification is being distributed on behalf of Dakota County. For more information about the plan update, visit the Cedartransitway website or email

The Cedar Avenue Transitway Implementation Plan Update is under way.  Open  Houses are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Transit Station, 4035 Nicols Road, Eagan and on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. at the Apple Valley Transit Stationo, 15450 Cedar Avenue South, Apple Valley.

The Dakota County Regional Railroad Authority and its partner agencies are undertaking a comprehensive review of transit service in the Cedar Avenue Transitway.

The Implementation Plan Update will examine the existing METRO Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), an 11-mile bus rapid transit line between Apple Valley and Bloomington offering fast, frequent, and reliable all-day service along Cedar Avenue. The Red Line, consisting of five stations, is the region's first BRT line.

Do you ride transit in the Cedar Avenue Corridor?

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Focus of the Plan Update

The Implementation Plan Update will review the following topics:

  • Future station locations and design
  • Where buses will run on the roadway
  • Potential bus service improvements
  • Estimated costs for planned capital investments
  • Estimated costs for planned operations
  • Estimated future ridership levels for existing and planned transit service in the area
  • Prioritization for expansion of service and facilities

The Implementation Plan Update will result in an updated plan to prioritize future phases of corridor investment.

Stay Informed, Get Involved

Para obtener más información sobre este proyecto en español por favor comuníquese con el 952-891-7978

MVTA Facilities Manager Position Available

The MVTA currently has an opening for a Facilities & Maintenance Manager.  Check out the Employment page for details.

Check Out the New MVTA-Prior Lake-Shakopee "Peel" Wraps

We are excited to unveil our new bus-wraps expressing the recent merger of the BlueXpress routes under MVTA's service. 

MVTA merger with Shakopee, Prior Lake official Jan. 1

Read the article here