Minnesota Valley Transit Authority

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Areas Served Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Rosemount, Savage, Prior Lake and Shakopee, Minnesota
Founded 1990
Fleet Size 169
Number Of Routes 32
2019 Ridership 2.7 million [1]

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) Is the transit provider for the communities of; Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Rosemount in Dakota County, Savage, Prior Lake and Shakopee in Scott County, Minnesota.

Overview

MVTA was formed in 1990 when the communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Rosemount, and Savage, Minnesota opted-out of Metro Transit service under a provision of the MN State Legislature. This provision allowed suburban communities to opt-out of receiving Metro Transit service and collect property taxes directly to operate their own service. In 2001 funding for transit shifted from property taxes to the motor vehicle sales tax, which the MVTA currently receives it's funding from.

On January 1, 2015, transit in Prior Lake and Shakopee (operating under the BlueXpress brand) were merged into the MVTA.

MVTA currently operates 32 fixed and flex routes in the seven communities it serves. These routes are primarily express routes which operate from 10 park-n-rides to the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN. Local service is also provided in each community. Bus maintenance and operations are contracted to Schmitty and Sons.

Bus Rapid Transit

The MVTA began operating the Cedar Ave. BRT line in 2013. This line serves the Cedar Ave and Highway 77 corridor. This was the first Bus Rapid Transit or BRT line with station to station service to be operated in the Twin Cities region.

In December of 2020 operation of the Red Line was transferred from the MVTA to Metro Transit.

Naming

During the planning phase the line was referred to as the Cedar Ave line or Cedar avenue Transitway. Before opening however the line was branded as the Red Line. This was done to conform to the Metropolitan Council's regional transitway network naming system, known as Metro.

Stations

The line currently operates with five stations or stops. These are: Mall of America Transit Center; Cedar Grove Transit Station; 140th Street Station; 147th Street Station; and Apple Valley Transit Station.

Additional stations will be added to the line as funds become available for expansion. Future plans call for the line to be extended south towards Lakeville, MN.

Vehicles

The MVTA purchased 7 Nova Bus LFX 40' units to operate on the line.[2] these vehicles were used specifically for the BRT service and featured a unique livery and the Metro system styling to set them apart from the regular fixed-route service fleet. The Novas were operated daily on the Red Line service from opening day until December 2020 when operations were assumed by Metro Transit.

Fares

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority is part of the regional transit fare system. See the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Transit Systems Fare Description for more information.

Facilities

Headquarters

MVTA management and customer service is based out of the Burnsville Transit Station located at Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville, MN.

Operations Faciliites

  • Burnsville Bus Garage
    • Address: 11550 Rupp Dr. Burnville, MN[3]
  • Eagan Bus Garage
    • Address: 3600 Blackhawk Road, Eagan, MN

Passenger Facilities

The MVTA system has a number of transit stations and park-n-ride lots, all of these facilities are served by at least one express route with service to a major destination.

Facility Name Parking Bike Rack/Lockers Climate Controlled Waiting Newspaper Racks Public Pay Phone Restroom(s) Vending Machines Location
Apple Valley Transit Station 750 Spaces Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png 15450 Cedar Avenue South, Apple Valley, MN
Blackhawk Park & Ride 283 Spaces Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Cliff Road and Blackhawk Road, Eagan, MN
Burnsville Transit Station 1300 Spaces Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png 100 East Highway 13, Burnsville, MN
Cedar Grove Transit Station 150 Spaces Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png 4035 Nicols Road, Eagan, MN
Eagan Transit Station 750 Spaces Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Yankee Doodle Road and Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN
Eagle Creek Park & Ride Yes Check Mark.png 6600 Eagle Creek Boulevard, Shakopee, MN
Heart of the City Park & Ride 370 Spaces Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png 126th St. and Pillsbury Avenue, Burnsville, MN
Lakeville Cedar Park & Ride 191 Spaces Check Mark.png 18040 Cedar Avenue South, Lakeville, MN
Palomino Hills Park & Ride 304 Spaces Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Pennock Avenue south of Palomino Drive, Apple Valley, MN
Rosemount Community Center Yes 13855 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN
Savage Park & Ride 195 Spaces Check Mark.png 141st Street and Huntington Avenue, Savage, MN
157th St. Station 250 Spaces Check Mark.png Check Mark.png Pilot Knob Road between 160th St. and 157th St. Apple Valley, MN

Fares

MVTA is part of the regional transit fare system. See the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Transit Systems Fare Description for more information.

Fleet

Active Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
4048-4049 2010 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 280 hp Voith D864.5 39: American Seating KC548
  • No rear door
4050-4059 2021 MCI
4061 2010 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISM 57
4111-4112 2009 MCI D4500CT 57
4127-4138 2020 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
TBD Voith
  • Orders placed in July 2019 through options exercised through Commonwealth of Virginia's Gillig Contract
  • 9 buses to replace buses approaching end of useful life, plus 2 expansion buses
    • Expansion buses 4127 and 4128 do not have a rear door
  • Delivered in early 2021
    • 4129 and 4131 delivered in early February 2021
    • 4130 delivered on February 3, 2021[4]
    • 4132 wrapped in "Minnesota Way" scheme in early 2022
    • 4138 delivered on February 16, 2021
  • Source[5]
4139-4150 2021 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
TBD Allison 35: American Seating KC548
  • Order placed in February 2021 for 13 buses[6]
  • Have rear destination signs and ArowGuard operator barriers
    • 4140 was spotted in Truckee, CA on 9/22/2021
4250-4251 2012 Gillig BRTPlus 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 280 hp Voith D864.5 39: American Seating KC548
4259-4262 2012 GMC
ARBOC
4500
Spirit of Mobility
GMC Duramax 6.6L (diesel) Automatic
  • To replace units 4682-4688.[7]
4263 2012 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX11.9 57
4264 2016 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL 280 hp Voith D864.5 American Seating KC548
4362-4363 2013 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57
4377-4382 2013 Gillig BRTPlus 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 280 hp Voith D864.5 American Seating KC548
4483-4485 2014 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57
4488 2012 Ford
StarTrans?
4501-4522 2014-2015 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 American Seating KC548
4523-4530 2015 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12
4531-4535 2015 GMC
Arboc
4500
Spirit of Mobility
4601-4605 2006-2007 MCI D4500CT Detroit Diesel Series 60 57
4753 2007 MCI D4500CT Detroit Diesel Series 60 57
4755-4773 2017 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 American Seating KC548
4774-4780 2017 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12
4828-4830 2018 Chevrolet
Glaval
Express G4500
Titan II LF
GM Duramax V8 6.6L GM 6L90 6 speed automatic
4831-4843 2018 MCI D4500CT
4844-4856 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4847-a.jpg 2018 Gillig BRT 40' American Seating KC548
  • 10 units were options exercised in March 2017[8]
  • Entered service around October 2018.
4937-4942 2009 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G21B102N4)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D864.5 30: American Seating KC548
4948-4951 2019 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Voith 35: American Seating KC548
  • Options for 3 vehicles exercised in August 2017[9]
  • No rear door

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
(2 buses) 2022 Gillig
  • Ordered for the Orange Link connecting Orange Line and south Burnsville[10]

Retired Roster

Historically the MVTA bus fleet has consisted largely of second-hand units, many of which were transferred from Metro Transit

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
0xx 1988 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
506-507 1979 GMC RTS-03
(TH-8603)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 45
1817-1822 1989 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 45
1918-1997 1990 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 45
2126-2127, 2131-2145 1994 New Flyer D60 Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B500R 63
4015-4016 1985 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747 43
  • Ex-Pierce Transit.
  • Originally numbered 0015 & 0016.
  • 4015 is still used for non-revenue purposes.
4037-4039 2010 Ford
Goshen
4070 1984 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40TB966V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747 47
4121-4126 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4125-a.jpg 2002 New Flyer D35LF Cummins ISC Allison B400R 29: American Seating 6466
  • Originally numbered 0121-0126.
4127 2001 Bluebird LTC-37 41
  • Originally Numbered 0127.
4252-4258 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4257-a.jpg 2012 Nova Bus LFX 40' Cummins ISL9 280 hp Voith 24: American Seating InSight
6: American Seating BC55
  • Used on METRO Red Line BRT service
  • Featured interior bike racks.
  • Retired on December 4, 2020
    • 4257 was the last Red Line bus to pull in on the final morning of service
  • See series page for detailed disposition info.
4330-4336 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4331-a.jpg 2003 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 57
  • Originally numbered 0330-0336.
4337-4348 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4340-a.jpg 2003 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E 39: American Seating KC548
  • Originally numbered 0337-0348.
4364-4376 2004 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 57
  • Originally numbered 0364-0376.
4449-4458, 4460-4463 2004 New Flyer D40LF Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E 38: American Seating KC548
  • Originally numbered 0449-0458, 0460-0463.
4486-4487 2014 Ford
StarTrans
4495, 4497 1998 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G22D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R 40: American Seating Innovator 850
4577-4581 2005 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E 39: American Seating KC548
4610-4622 2006 New Flyer D40LF 4610-4612: Cummins ISL
4613-4622: Cummins ISM
Voith D864.3E 38: American Seating KC548
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
4682-4684 2006 Ford/Glaval Bus E-450/Universal 18 Freedman
4685-4688 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4685-a.jpg 2006 Ford/StarTrans Bus E-450/Senator 19 Freedman
4689-4698 2006 MCI D4500 Caterpillar C13 Allison B500R6 57
  • 2007 models.
  • Retired in January 2021.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
4723-4725 2007 GMC
Glaval Bus
5500
Titan
GMC Duramax Diesel 24: Freedman
4728-4736 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4731-a.jpg 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D864.5 39: American Seating KC548
  • Retired in January 2022
4826-4827 2008 GMC
Glaval Bus
5500
Titan
GMC Duramax Diesel 24 Freedman
4943-4947 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4946-a.jpg 2009 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D864.5 39: American Seating KC548
7000-7040, 7060-7090 1985 Gillig Phantom 40'
(4096TB6V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747 47
9900-9905 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 9905-a.jpg 1999 Bluebird CSRE 35' Cummins ISC Allison B400R 31
9911-9914 1999 Bluebird Q-Bus CNG 40' John Deere 8.1 41

Notes:

  • The MVTA also operated a large number of vans used for vanpool service
  • Additional units, most of which were cutaways, were also part of the fleet

Routes

A current listing of MVTA operated routes is available in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Transit Systems Overview

External Links

References