New suburbs-only express bus service set for launch

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A "first of its kind" express transit service gets underway on Tuesday and it's notable because it will run suburb-to-suburb, cutting travel time by avoiding downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul.

The new Route 494 buses will use I-494 and Highway 169 to serve the western metro suburbs of Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Plymouth and Shakopee.

The route is designed to boost access to western metro job and commercial centers, with a press release saying it should also prove an express service between the suburbs can be successful in the Twin Cities.

Funding for the service has been provided by the Minnesota Legislature. Rep. Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake), one of the authors of the bill providing the funding, said the service will boost jobs and economic development.

"This suburb-to-suburb demonstration project has the potential to serve thousands of employees in the southwest Twin Cities metro area," he added.

"Providing a ride from Shakopee to Maple Grove increases opportunities for commuters from Dakota County and the south metro, and is an excellent way for us to grow transit while serving the unmet needs of employees and employers along the route," Sen. Jim Carlson (DFL–Eagan & Burnsville) added.

Services will run about every 30 minutes in both northbound and southbound directions during the morning and afternoon peak periods.

Trips cost $2.25 per trip, with buses – operated by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority – accepting Go-To cards, Metropasses, tokens, cash and stored value cards.

Click here for the full schedule and stops.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 9.54.21 AM

Newly elected representative vows to flout Minnesota COVID-19 rules

He wrote to Gov. Tim Walz, inviting him to a backyard gathering ahead of Thanksgiving.

coronavirus, covid-19

Minnesota Hospital Association: We are out of time to be 'Minnesota Nice'

The group is launching an ad campaign that holds nothing back about the seriousness of the situation in Minnesota hospitals.

MSU-Mankato hockey, Minnesota State, Mavericks

1 game into season and MSU Mankato is halted by COVID-19

The Mavericks played Bemidji State on Sunday.

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 8.57.50 AM

Cowboys TD featured horrible non-tackle by Vikings cornerback

Number 26 wanted nothing to do with making that tackle.

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 8.35.40 AM

New app will help Minnesotans find out about COVID-19 exposures

Personal information is not obtained by Google, Apple or the State of Minnesota.

Arianna Rooney

Missing: 16-year-old girl from White Bear Township

Anyone who sees her is asked to call 911.

Governor Tim Walz

Governor Tim Walz will again speak to Minnesotans on Monday

The press conference is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

Ed Davis

Timberwolves acquire forward Ed Davis from Knicks

The Wolves gave up Omari Spellman, Jacob Evans and a future second-round pick.

Adam Thielen

Cowboys score late to end Vikings' winning streak

Adam Thielen's two touchdowns weren't enough in a 31-28 defeat.

Juan Hernangomez

Timberwolves bring back Juancho Hernangomez on 3-year deal

Hernangomez will reportedly make $21 million to come back to Minnesota.

Related