Skip to main content

State Fair's new transit hub bus-y; fairgoers like it

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Early reviews are in on the Minnesota State Fair's new west-entrance transit hub – fairgoers had high praise for it, WCCO reports.

“We love it. It’s quicker, it’s faster. We come in a lot quicker coming off the bus expressway from the highway,” fair fan Terri Reinartz told WCCO Thursday. “Don’t have to sit in the traffic at all, so it was really slick, came right in.”

The new hub is designed to whisk fair fans on transit buses into the fairgrounds with much greater ease – and lessen those traditional traffic jams at the fair entrance at Snelling and Como avenues.

Nearly half of the fair's more than 1.7 million guests travel to the fair via mass transit, the according to fair officials, roughly 40 percent by bus. The new hub offers easy, safe access to Park & Ride and Express Service buses, they note.

The new west end entrance, officially unveiled for the fair's opening day Thursday, will process roughly one-third of total visitors, more than any other single entrance, Forum Communications reports.

Click here for more information on how to get to the fair.

West End makeover

The transit hub is part of a newly transformed West End "neighborhood" at the fair, the result of a $15 million makeover that also includes an open-air West End Market, an entertainment venue, specialty shops, food and beverages and the new Minnesota State Fair History & Heritage Center.

The market was a hit with early fairgoers, too, the Pioneer Press reports.

"We love it," Linda Schmidt told the newspaper. "No more stuffy old buildings, and they kept a lot of the old shops."

This embed is invalid

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 4.48.45 PM

Bloomington PD announce what's likely 'largest fentanyl bust in Midwest'

The case is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Sept. 27

This week's report represents data collected Sept. 21-27.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 2.56.10 PM

MN health officials warn of potential for measles outbreak amid rise in cases

A recent case among a child with no travel history is prompting heightened concern.

skid steer

Four-year-old boy dies in accident on western Wisconsin farm

The boy was struck by a skid steer, according to police.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 2.41.51 PM

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge hits the market for $6M

The restaurant will remain open while the property is on the market.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 12.27.48 PM

Apartments, brewery proposed for site of former Minneapolis lumberyard

The developer is proposing two buildings connected via skyway.

Screen Shot 2022-09-29 at 1.27.38 PM

'Exceptionally rare' meteorite impact crater found in the Twin Cities metro

Had it struck in today's world, much of the Twin Cities would've been wiped out.

Grand Old Day

Organizers seeking ideas for 'reimagining' of Grand Old Day

A task force is set to begin meeting next month to reimagine the event.

fentanyl

Eveleth man gets 11 years for selling woman fentanyl that led to fatal OD

Torisa Sulvoris Wallace, 39, was sentenced to 134 months in prison in U.S. District Court in Virginia Thursday.

Related

Fairgoer creates map for new State Fair foods and people love it

A tip of the cap to the one called "Applesaucesome."