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Cedar Avenue Closures FAQ

General Project Description

MnDot is repainting the Highway 77 bridge over the Minnesota River in June, which will result in full closures and route detours. Southbound Highway 77 will close 6/5-6/14. Northbound Highway 77 will close 6/19-6/29. A large portion of MVTA service operates on Highway 77, so buses will be on detour during these dates. Red Line will operate a weekend schedule on detour during all closures dates (30-minute service). Customers should expect delays and plan ahead (i.e. take an earlier trip, if possible). Closures are weather-dependent and may change, please check www.mvta.com for updates

 

Red Line FAQs

  1. Q: Why is MVTA operating a weekend schedule during all closure dates instead of 15-minute weekday service?

A: MVTA conducted numerous timing tests and reviewed all detour options in an effort to maintain 15-minute weekday service during the closures. MVTA determined it is physically impossible to operate 15-minute service with a full closure on Highway 77.

  1. Q: Does MVTA have extra buses they can add to maintain 15-minute weekday service?

A: MVTA will be using all spare buses in its fleet to help minimize delays system-wide. Extra staff will also be available to assist.

  1. Q: Did MVTA work with MnDot to mitigate impacts to transit during the project?

A: Yes, MVTA requested a bus-only lane be made available during the closures, as well as overnight/weekend versus weekday/weeknight closures to mitigate transit impacts. MnDot stated these alternatives were cost-prohibitive. For more information contact MnDOT.

  1. Q: How will I know when my bus is coming?

A: NexTrip signs at Red Line stations will be updated with bus arrival times. Signage will also be posted at stations to remind customers of the 30-minute frequency.

  1. Q: How do I get the most up-to-date information on the project?

1.  Sign up for Route Alerts at www.mvta.com or www.metrotransit.org

2.  Check the MVTA webportal from www.mvta.com

3.  General notices will be published on Twitter and/or Facebook, but not specific road timings.  

facebook:  MinnesotaValleyTransitAuthority

Twitter: @mvtatransit

METRO Red Line will operate a weekend schedule from 6/8-6/12, 6/14, 6/22-6/26, & 6/29.

A regular weekday schedule will operate 6/15-6/19.

All other MVTA Route that use Cedar Avenue (TH77) will also be operating on detour.  Check out the Route Alerts for specific information.

Burnsville High School Students Produce MVTA, City of Burnsville Bus Panels

Students enrolled in Burnsville High School’s business elective,  Interactive Design, have produced interior panels for display in local and express Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) buses.  The panels focus on themes involving school spirit, transit and in cooperation with the City of Burnsville, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

 Again in 2015, the City of Burnsville program was added to enhance the student’s experience of creating bus panels for insertion on MVTA buses and also to help promote Burnsville as a “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” City.  The goal of “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” is to create a statewide network of volunteers, agencies, organizations and services that can provide military families with assistance and support at a moment’s notice. Individual Yellow Ribbon cities are tasked with developing and maintaining that network within their communities.

 The students’ “school spirit” and “transit” artwork was reviewed by the MVTA and winning entries were selected in the two categories.  The “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” winning entries were selected by the Mike Huddleston and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Foundation.  Winners were:  School Spirit – Junior Osbaldo Vega of Burnsville (son of Nelson and Estella Vega); Transit – senior Abby Mizuaki of Burnsville (daughter of Kathryn & Ryan Mizuaki); and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon – Senior Holly Kildahl of Burnsville (daughter of Mary & Joel Kildahl).  The students received a certificate of award and a $25 gift certificate to Best Buy for their efforts. 

A number of students received honorable mentions for their efforts and all panels are currently displayed on MVTA buses.  As part of their class, students were to complete a project using software such as Photoshop, along with a variety of graphics and images.  The MVTA had the panels printed and dry mounted by Cornerstone Copy Center, for display on the interior of MVTA buses.  Students were also given a copy of their final product. 

Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Foundation President Mike Huddleston participated in the presentation of the panels to the students.  “It is exciting to see what the students create and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with Burnsville High School,” said Mayor Kautz.  Huddleston added, “Thank you for allowing us to participate in this activity and to help spread the good word about our Foundation.”

“Today’s high school students are very creative and sophisticated in using graphic tools and techniques to complete their projects,” said program coordinator Robin Selvig, MVTA Customer Service Manager. “We hope it is fun for the students to receive life-size copies of their bus panels and we invite them to ride the buses to see their work.”            

This project is part of a strategic partnership between the MVTA and area schools.  Other area high schools interested in participating in this program are invited to contact the MVTA.  Cornerstone Copy Center also participates by producing the panels for a reduced price.

MVTA to Conduct Potential Rider Survey in Area Cities During Late May/Early June

            The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) has contracted with Morris Leatherman to conduct a Potential Rider telephone survey of residents in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Prior Lake, Rosemount, Savage and Shakopee.  Residents in collar-cities such as Farmington, Inver Grove Heights, Elko New Market, Lakeville, Empire Township, Jordan, New Prague and Hastings will also be contacted.  The survey will begin May 26, 2015.

            Area residents are encouraged to answer their telephones if they see a call from Morris-Leatherman.  Calls will be made to cell phones as well as land-lines and surveyors will arrange an alternate time to speak with residents, as needed.  The survey is expected to be completed by the end of June, with results available in August.

            “The purpose of the survey,” said MVTA Executive Director Beverley Miller, “is to learn about what barriers exist that prevent residents from using transit and what incentives we might consider that would encourage transit use.”  The data collected will be statistically significant within 95 percent accuracy.

Burnsville Transit Station Construction Begins May 11

The Burnsville Transit Station is receiving a face-lift and construction at the site will begin on Monday, May 11.  Riders are asked to avoid areas that might be marked off.  The project includes replacement of pavers, widening of the roadway between the parking deck and the transit station and concrete repair.  The project is to be complete before State Fair in August.

MVTA 2015 Transit Ridership Up 7.4 Percent from First Quarter 2014

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) ridership for the first quarter of 2015 is up 7.4 percent from the same period in 2014.

            “This is very exciting,” said MVTA Board Chair and Apple Valley Councilmember Clint Hooppaw.  “We have been working very hard to provide a valuable service to our residents and riders and I believe they are responding by using transit.”

            Key ridership notes for the first quarter include the following:

  • MVTA officially merges with Prior Lake and Shakopee as of Jan. 1, 2015.
  • New Route 493 (Marschall Road Transit Station, Shakopee-downtown Minneapolis) began service in February and averaged about 70 riders per day.
  • Route 478 (Rosemount-downtown Minneapolis) had trips added in the fall of 2014 and these trips have given ridership a boost (up 55 percent as compared to this time last year). Additional trips will be added in May 2015.
  • MVTA also launched a new website at mvta.com including web and smart phone access to the web portal for tracking buses. Further, MVTA offered a new how-to-ride video.

            “The MVTA has implemented many additional tools that are useful to riders,” said MVTA Executive Director Beverley Miller.  “By the end of May we will have free Wi-Fi on all MVTA buses, we have tools whereby riders can track our buses via the NexTrip signs in downtown Minneapolis or our web portal, and we look forward to launching our own smartphone app by the end of June.”