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 118
Number Of Routes 24
2011 Ridership 2,588,183 [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 29 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 is expected to begin operating the Cedar Ave. BRT line in 2012. This line will serve Cedar Ave. from the Bloomington, MN area to the Lakeville, MN area with stops in Apple Valley and Eagan, MN.

Naming

The proper name for the line will be the Red Line. This will conform to the Metropolitan Council's regional transitway network naming system, known as Metro.

Stations

Initially the line will operate with five stations or stops. These are: 28th Street/Mall of America (exact location is unknown currently); 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.

Vehicles

The MVTA has purchased 7 Nova Bus LFX 40' units to operate on the line.[2] these vehicles will be used specifically for the BRT service and will feature a unique livery and Metro system styling to set them apart from the regular fixed-route service fleet.

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

Current Roster

The active MVTA fleet consists of the following bus models:

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
4037-4039 2010 Goshen Ford
4048-4049 2010 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 280 hp Voith D864.5 39 American Seating KC548
4061 2010 MCI D4500CT 57 Acquired from Laker Lines/BlueXpress in January 2015. Renumbered from 6061.
4111-4112 2009 MCI D4500CT 57
4250-4251 2012 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 280 hp Voith D864.5 39 American Seating KC548
4252-4258 2012 Nova Bus LFX 40' Cummins ISL9 280 hp 30 American Seating InSight
  • For use on the METRO Red BRT service.
  • Feature interior bike racks.
4259-4262 2012 GMC/ARBOC Spirit of Mobility GMC Duramax 6.6L (diesel) Automatic To replace units 4682-4688.[4]
4263 2012 MCI D4500CT 57 Acquired from Laker Lines/BlueXpress in January 2015. Renumbered from 6062.
4330-4336, 4364-4376 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4331-a.jpg 2003-2004 MCI D4500 57 Originally numbered 0330-0336, 0364-0376.
4362-4363 2013 MCI D4500CT 57 Acquired from Laker Lines/BlueXpress in January 2015. Renumbered from 6063-6064.
4377-4382 2013 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 280 hp Voith D864.5 American Seating KC548 Units have rear doors.
4449-4458, 4460-4463 2004 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E 38 American Seating KC548 Originally numbered 0449-0463.
4483-4485 2014 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12
4486-4487 2014 StarTrans Ford
4501-4522 2014-2015 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 American Seating KC548
4523-4530 2015-2016 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12
4531-4535 2015 GMC/ARBOC Spirit of Mobility
4577-4581 2005 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith 39 American Seating KC548
4601-4605 2006 MCI D4500CT Detroit Diesel Series 60 57 Acquired from Shakopee Transit and Laker Lines BlueXpress in January 2015. Renumbered from 4017-4020 (Shakopee) and 4515 (Prior Lake)
4610-4622 2006 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Voith 38 American Seating KC548
4689-4698 2006 MCI D4500 57
4723-4725 2007 GMC/Glaval Bus C5500/Titan GMC Duramax Diesel 24 Freedman
4726-4736 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4731-a.jpg 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D864.5 39 American Seating KC548
4753 2007 MCI D4500CT Detroit Diesel Series 60 57 Acquired from Shakopee Transit/BlueXpress in January 2015. Renumbered from 6053.
4755-4773 2017 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 American Seating KC548
4774-4780 2017 MCI D4500CT Cummins ISX12
483x-4843 2018 MCI D4500CT Known numbers: 4834, 4841, 4842
4844-4853 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4847-a.jpg 2018 Gillig BRT 40' American Seating KC548
  • Options exercised in March 2017, order is for 10 buses[5]
  • Entered service around October 2018.
4937-4942 2009 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G21B102N4)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D864.5 30 American Seating KC548
4943-4947 2009 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D864.5 39 American Seating KC548
49xx 2019 Gillig BRT 40'
  • Options for 3 vehicles exercised in August 2017[6]
2019? Chevy/ARBOC Spirit of Mobility Chevy Automatic

Notes:

  • Fleet operations are based out of two garages, located in Eagan and Burnsville, MN

On Order

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger Seats Notes
TBD
(11 buses)
2020 Gillig TBD TBD TBD
  • Options exercised through Commonwealth of Virginia's Gillig Contract
  • 9 buses to replace buses approaching end of useful life, plus 2 expansion buses
  • Source[7]

Retired Bus 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 Year 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 Ex-Duluth Transit Authority 151 & 170.
1817-1822 1989 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 45 Ex-Metro Transit 1817-1822.
1918-1949 1990 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 45
Other 19XX units 1990 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40102TB6V92T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748 45 Ex-Metro Transit 1963, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1975, 1980-1982, 1987-1989, 1992, 1994, 1996 & 1997.
2126-2127, 2131-2145 1994 NFI 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.
4070 1984 Gillig Phantom 40'
(40TB966V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747 47 Ex-Central Contra Costa Transit Authority 607.
4121-4126 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4125-a.jpg 2001 NFI D35LF Cummins ISC Allison B400R 29 American Seating 6466 Originally numbered 0121-0126
4127 2001 Bluebird LTC-37 41 Originally Numbered 0127.
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.
  • 4340 was removed from service for repairs during much of 2008 due to a head-on crash with a school bus.
4495, 4497 1998 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G22D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R 40 American Seating Innovator 850
  • Ex-Metro Transit 495 & 497.
  • Scheduled to retire in 2012.
  • 4495 was seen in service in June 2013.
4682-4684 2006 Ford/Glaval Bus E-450/Universal 18 Freedman Retired in 2013.
4685-4688 Minnesota Valley Transit Authority 4685-a.jpg 2006 Ford/StarTrans Bus E-450/Senator 19 Freedman Retired in 2013.
4826-4827 2008 GMC/Glaval Bus C5500/Titan GMC Duramax Diesel 24 Freedman
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