MVTA to offer dollar rides on most routes in September, October
To welcome back more riders as they return to work, MVTA will be offering $1 fares on all regular, fixed route buses in September and October along with service to Minnesota Vikings home games and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
“As more customers return to work and resume normal travel patterns, we want to welcome them back to public transportation,” said MVTA Chief Executive Officer Luther Wynder. “We also want to highlight the enhanced safety efforts in place on our buses and facilities, which include daily changing of air filters on the buses and enhanced sanitizing on buses and stations.”
The regional fare reduction includes $1 trips for those paying regular fares and 50 cents for those already enrolled in a reduced-fare program, such as seniors and students. In addition, there will be a 50 percent discount for the Metropass, Student Pass, College Pass and U Pass programs between September and December. The passes will be programmed for the reduce fares during the promotion.
Currently, MVTA charges $2 for local trips outside of rush hour, and $2.50 during morning and afternoon rush hours. Trips on express buses are $2.50 for trips off rush-hour and $3.25 for trips during rush hour.
The fare cut includes all regional transit providers, including the Blue and Green light-rail lines.
For MVTA, the fare discount applies to riders of the following fixed routes:
4FUN Bus - Route 410: Weekend service to Mall of America - Valleyfair - Canterbury Park - Mystic Lake
Route 420: Apple Valley - Rosemount Local Service
Route 436: 46th Street Station - Eagan - Reverse Commute
Route 438: Cedar Grove Transit Station - Thomas Center Drive
Route 440: Apple Valley Transit Station - Minnesota Zoo - Cedar Grove Transit Station - Limited Service to VA Medical Center
Route 442: Mall of America - Apple Valley Transit Station - Fairview Ridges - Burnsville Center
Route 444: Savage P&R - Burnsville Center - Burnsville Transit Station - Mall of America
Route 445: Cedar Grove Transit Station - Eagan Transit Station - Thomson Reuters - Eagan YMCA
Route 446: Eagan - 46th Street Station (Blue Line)
Route 447: Mystic Lake Casino - Downtown Prior Lake - Savage Park and Ride - Burnsville Center - Apple Valley Transit Station
Route 460: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - Burnsville
Route 465: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - University of Minnesota - Burnsville
Route 470: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - Eagan
Route 472: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - Eagan
Route 475: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - University of Minnesota - Cedar Grove - Apple Valley
Route 476: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - Apple Valley - Palomino Hills P&R
Route 477: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - Apple Valley Transit Station - Lakeville/Cedar P&R
Route 478: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - Rosemount Transit Station (Service to return starting Sept. 20)
Route 480: ST. PAUL EXPRESS - Blackhawk P&R, Apple Valley, Burnsville
Route 484: ST. PAUL EXPRESS - Eagan, Rosemount
Route 489: St. Paul - Eagan (Reverse Commute) (Service to return starting Sept. 20)
Route 490: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - Prior Lake, Shakopee
Route 493: MINNEAPOLIS EXPRESS - Marschall Road Transit Station (Shakopee)
Route 495: Shakopee - Burnsville - Mall of America (Some trips serve Mystic Lake, Amazon and downtown Savage)
Route 497: Marschall Road Transit Station - Town Square Mall (Shakopee)
Route 499: Marschall Road Transit Station - Wal Mart - Southbridge Crossings P&R