Route 494 service has been suspended as of April 4, 2016. We thank those who have ridden this demonstration route and apologize for any inconvenience caused by the service suspension. We are going back to the drawing board to determine an alternate service that will meet the ridership growth need. Stay tuned!

Your Suburb to Suburb Transit Service connecting Shakopee, Eden Prairie, Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Maple Grove

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For Immediate Release

The Suburban Transit Association (STA) will suspend service on the Suburb-to-Suburb Demonstration Route 494 between Shakopee and Maple Grove, effective April 4, 2016. The STA providers are working closely with Commuter Services to provide alternative commute options to existing Route 494 riders.

Among the guiding principles established when planning the demonstration project, the suburban providers agreed to a set of performance benchmarks to measure the success of the project and to make adjustments as needed. "Suburb to suburb bus service truly is a new concept for our region," said STA Chair and Plymouth City Councilmember Jeff Wosje. "In the first two months of service, we've already identified key learnings. Based on that information, the Board decided it was unlikely ridership would grow sufficiently to keep the route sustainable. We want to make sure we are spending tax payer money responsibly."

In the next several months, the suburban providers will conduct a review of the initial service before considering a service relaunch later this year. Topics of discussion include frequency of service, last-mile considerations, a more focused route and sustainability. The STA Board is expected to reconvene later this spring to begin discussion of route options using criteria learned from key findings of the initial launch.

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