Southwest Transit

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Area Served Southwest Twin Cities Metro: Chanhassen, Chaska, Carver, Eden Prairie, Shakopee, Victoria
Parts of: Bloomington, Edina, Minnetonka, Richfield
Founded 1986
Fleet Size 60
Number Of Routes 5
2021 Ridership 209,455

Southwest Transit operates transit service in the southwestern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Overview

Southwest Transit was formed in 1986 under an agreement between the cities of Chanhassen, Chaska, and Eden Prairie, MN to provide the communities with transit service. This was done as a result of the Minnesota State Legislature allowing suburban communities to opt-out of the Metro Transit system and collect their property tax revenue to provide their own transit service directly. In 2001 the source of transit funding shifted from property taxes to the Motor Vehicle Sales Tax.

Southwest Transit currently operates a fleet of 60 buses on 12 routes providing mainly express service to the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN as well as the University of MN and Edina, MN. They also operate Southwest Prime, which provides on-demand transit service in Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Shakopee, Victoria, and parts of Bloomington, Edina, Minnetonka, and Richfield Mondays through Saturdays.

Facilities

Southwest Transit operates seven park-n-ride locations. The largest location is Southwest Station, located in Eden Prairie, with parking for over 900 vehicles.

Fixed-Route Roster

  • The Metropolitan Council's fleet numbering scheme designates the 5000 series for Southwest Transit coaches.[1] However, Southwest Transit buses do not bear the leading digit. Therefore, when using a tracking app such as Pantograph or TransSee to search for a bus, you will need to add a leading 5 to the fleet number. Example: Coach 121 can be identified as 5121.

Active

[2]
Accurate as of 11/2021.

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger
Seats
Notes
121 2012 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57
190-193 2021 MCI D45 CRT LE Cummins X12 Allison B500
  • Options to be exercised from AC Transit contract
  • Conditioned on approval by Metropolitan Council on 3/25/2020[3]
235-240 2012 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57
374-375 2015 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57 2014 models
427-430,
452-453
2015 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57
460-463 2014 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57
473-477, 479 2015 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57
523-524 2015 Gillig Trolley Replica 29'
(G27E102?2)
Cummins ISL9 524 to Duluth Transit Authority 1501
608-617 Southwest Transit 615-a.jpg 2006 Gillig BRT 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL 39 Suburban configuration
705-710 2017 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57
762-768 2008 MCI D4500CT Detroit Diesel Series 60 57
831-837,
839-841
2019 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12 57
  • 837 out of service on 2/11/2022 due to a fire[4]
843-847 2019 Prevost X3-45 Volvo D13 57
  • Ordered in March 2018[5]
902-905 2011 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISM 57
915-916 2019 MCI D45 CRT LE Cummins X12 Allison B500
  • Ordered in May 2018[6]
  • Unveiled through an image to the Metropolitan Council on November 25, 2019[7]
  • 2020 models

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger
Seats
Notes
101 2001 Optima AH-28 Cummins ISB Allison 27
102 2002 Optima AH-28 Cummins ISB Allison 27
103 2005 Optima AH-28 Cummins ISB Allison 27
202-203 2003 Ford/Champion
215-219 2001 Ford/Champion
307-308 2001 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500 57
  • Renumbered?
  • 307 was listed as 807 on eBay in St. Paul, MN in August 2019.[8]
351-356 2001 MCI 102-DL3 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500 57 An unknown unit was listed on Craigslist in Hutchinson, MN on 8/8/2019.[9]
400-411 Southwest Transit 408-a.jpg 2003 Gillig Phantom 40'
(C27D102N4)
(C20D102N4)
400-404 & 411: Cummins ISL
405-410: Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR
400-404 & 411: Voith D864.3E
405-410: ?
45
  • Suburban configuration
  • Retired in November 2018.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
469, 471, 476, 477, 478, 480, 485, 488 1988 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
Allison HTB-748
43
  • Unknown total amount of units. Their fleet numbers were based off of the serials from the buses' VIN numbers.
  • Owned & operated by Laidlaw Transit Services.
  • Ex-BART Express 19103, 19105, 19110, 19111, 19112, 19114, 19119, 19122.
  • 469 (Ex 19103) was refurbished in 2010. It was later auctioned off by an unknown owner on 10/25/2014.[10]
  • 471 & 485 (Ex 19105 & 19119) were auctioned off on 5/17/2008.[11]
  • 476 (Ex 19110) sold to MET Transit? It was spotted in an auction as MET Transit 476 on 11/17/2007.[12]
    • Bought by a private owner, but was auctioned off on 8/10/2014.[13]
    • Bought by a 2nd private owner, but was sold off from its storage yard on 9/16/2015.[14]
  • 478 (Ex 19112) sold to MET Transit? It was spotted in an auction as MET Transit 478 on 11/17/2007.[12]
544-549 Southwest Transit 548-a.jpg 2003 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 57
584-591 2005 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 57
601 Southwest Transit 601-a.jpg 2001 NFI D40i Cummins ISC Allison B400 38
  • Ex-New Flyer demo; bought in 2005.
  • Retired on 12/30/2010.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
602-604 Southwest Transit 604-a.jpg 2006 NFI D40LFR Cummins ISL 38
773 2007 GMC
Glaval
?
Titan
28
813 2008 Ford
Glaval
?
Universal 25'
20
827 2008 Ford
Turtle Top
?
?
10 25' model.
971, 986 2009 ?
Glaval
?
Titan 32'
28
1062 1984 MAN SG-310 MAN D2566 MLUM Renk-Doromat 874B
1307 1984 MAN Americana
(SL-40102A)
MAN D2566 MLUH Renk-Doromat 874B 44
? 2008 ?
Turtle Top
?
Van Terra
12 1 unit.

Southwest Prime Roster

  • The Metropolitan Council's fleet numbering scheme designates the 5000 series for Southwest Transit coaches. However, Southwest Transit buses do not bear the leading digit.[1] Therefore, when using a tracking app to identify a bus, add a leading 5 to the fleet number. Example: Coach 121 can be identified as 5121.

Active

Accurate as of 11/2021.

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger
Seats
Notes
123 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan
568 2014 Chevrolet
Glaval
G4500
Titan II
569-572 2015 Chevrolet
Glaval
G4500
Titan II
624 2016 Ford Transit
778, 816 2008 Ford
Glaval
E-450
Universal 25'
Ford Power Stroke V8 6.0L 20
877, 895 2018 Chevrolet
Turtle Top
G4500
Odyssey
2017 models
907 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan
913-914 2019 Ram ProMaster
931, 941,
952, 959,
981-983, 988
2019-2020 Dodge Grand Caravan 2019 models
996-997 2019 Ram ProMaster
61079 2013 Ford
Glaval
E-350
Universal
20

Retired

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