Latest News & Events
Latest News & Events
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.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has announced the 2015 winners of its Safety and Security Awards program; in the category "Fewer than 4 million passenger trips annually" MVTA was selected to receive a Gold Award for creating a safety program associated with the opening of the Twin Cities Premium Outlets Mall in August 2014.
The APTA Bus Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognize public transportation organizations for their innovative and proactive programs dedicated to improving safety and security for their employees, passengers, and the public. The top honor is the GOLD Award, which is given to agencies with the best overall bus safety or bus security program selected by an independent panel of judges.
In the award application, MVTA focused on the partnership between the City of Eagan, Simon Properties, SRF consultants, MVTA and others to create a safe environment that could be replicated on other high traffic days such as Black Friday.
“This project was unique,” said MVTA Executive Director Beverley Miller, “because of the close collaboration between partners. Everyone had a main goal in mind: keep mall-goers, riders and the community safe in the process of opening weekend and beyond.” She added, “Creating a common goal, making sure riders, shoppers and the public were safe, and carrying that forward throughout the process was a major triumph for all organizations.”
Eagan TV produced a video for MVTA about the project to be presented at the Awards presentation. This video is posted at www.mvta.com. 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 www.mvta.com.
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.”
We are excited to unveil our new bus-wraps expressing the recent merger of the BlueXpress routes under MVTA's service.