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Route 495 sees 46 percent ridership growth in first quarter

Route 495 continues to see ridership growth in first quarter of 2018.Route 495 continues to see ridership growth in first quarter of 2018.

Route 495, a suburb-to-suburb demonstration project funded by the Minnesota State Legislature, continued to see strong ridership growth during the first quarter of 2018.

The route, which Minnesota Valley Transit Authority started in August of 2016, connects Shakopee to Burnsville and the Mall of America seven days a week.

In the first quarter of 2018, daily weekday ridership grew by 46 percent from 202 rides per day to 295.

Weekend ridership also has seen strong quarter-over-quarter growth – up 43 percent on Saturdays and 39 percent on Sundays.

“It’s fairly unusual to see such a significant ridership jump this early with a new route,” said MVTA Executive Director Luther Wynder. “It provides justification to the support provided by state officials.”

Route 495 provides transportation options to the fast-growing employment base in Scott County as well as provides leisure travel options to south metro transit riders.

Since inception in August of 2016, Route 495 has helped foster expanded partnerships with Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake and Canterbury Park and Amazon in Shakopee.

MVTA also realigned its Route 465, which serves the Cedar Riverside area in Minneapolis, to provide a timed connection with Route 495, which has served as a transportation lifeline to employees working at Amazon and other businesses in the south metro.

In addition to timed connections with Route 465, passengers can connect with local routes at Burnsville Transit Station as well as the Blue Line Light Rail at Mall of America.

Route 495 has designated stops at Marschall Road Transit Station in Shakopee, Burnsville Transit Station and the Mall of America.

For more details on Route 495 and a link to the pocket schedule, go to https://www.mvta.com/routes/495.