Employers in Shakopee will gain a new source of workers from throughout the Twin Cities, beginning Aug. 20 with the launch of Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) Route 495. This new route, to operate seven days per week, will travel between Mall of America, Burnsville Transit Station and Marschall Road Transit Station in Shakopee.
Funded directly by the Minnesota Legislature, this is the next iteration of the Suburban Transit Association’s (STA) suburb-to-suburb service. "Jobs and economic development are very important to me," said Rep. Tony Albright (R-55B of Prior Lake). "This suburb-to-suburb demonstration project has the potential to serve many employers in Shakopee and provide access to thousands of jobs in the area. I am proud to have authored the bill in the House and am excited to follow the results of Route 495."
Route 495The service plan includes 39 trips (18 southbound and 21 northbound) operating seven days per week, between about 4 a.m. and midnight. "MVTA has worked closely with several employers in Shakopee to create this service schedule," said MVTA Executive Director Luther Wynder. "Many of Shakopee’s businesses operate six or seven days a week, with 10 or 12 hour shifts. Route 495 was designed to meet employee shift times, providing access to jobs and contributing to the economic development of this ever-growing community," he said.
"Further," Wynder added, "Route 495 provides an impactful new transit option for Scott County residents with daily access to Burnsville Transit Station and Mall of America and connecting access throughout the Twin Cities for work, entertainment, events, and the MSP Airport."
An express fare ($3 per trip during peak hours of about 6-9 a.m. and 3-6:30 p.m. or $2.25 per trip during off-peak times) will be charged on this route. Transfers are available to local or other routes. All buses are be equipped with regional fare equipment and will accept Go-To cards, Metropasses, tokens, Stored Value cards and cash. Change is not available.
"I have been a long-time supporter of our suburban transit providers," said Sen. Jim Carlson (D-51 of Eagan & Burnsville). "Providing a ride from Mall of America and Burnsville to Shakopee, increases opportunities for commuters from Dakota County and throughout the Twin Cities. It is an excellent way for us to grow transit while serving the significant number of unmet employer and employee needs along the route."
Pocket schedules are available by contacting Minnesota Valley Transit at (952)882-7500.
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 website at www.mvta.com.