Eden Prairie’s SouthWest Transit Plans for the Future

In Blog, Community News, Community News, news on June 17, 2014 by Community Expert Team
Eden Prairie’s SouthWest Transit Plans for the Future

While the SouthWest Light Rail Transit line is still up in the air, the prospect of it coming to Eden Prairie has SouthWest Transit making great strides to remain a popular form of transportation.

According to the Star Tribune, Eden Prairie-based SouthWest Transit is best known for its express buses to downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, and it’s planning on adding more local routes to connect light rail riders with jobs in the area.

“This commission wants to remain relevant in terms of bus operations out of Eden Prairie,” SouthWest Transit CEO Len Simich told the newspaper. “With rail coming in … you have to have the local service connectivity. The rail can’t touch all the jobs out here. We need to develop that local network or rail won’t be that successful. We want to be that provider.”

Earlier this year, SouthWest Transit added express service from Eden Prairie to Target’s Brooklyn Park headquarters, and also added a new bike-sharing program that allows riders to leave their cars at home and hold onto the bike for the whole summer, the Star Tribune reported.

Simich also reportedly said SouthWest Transit is looking to create more routes to connect Chanhassen and Chaska residents with the light rail system when and if it comes. These routes would also connect light rail riders with jobs that are located well off the light rail line, the article said.

SouthWest Transit is an award-winning transit agency that currently has park and ride locations in Eden Prairie, Chaska and Chanhassen. For more information on the company, go to swtransit.org.

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