MVTA sets public meetings

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) has scheduled two public meetings to receive input on proposed service changes to routes in conjunction with the opening of the METRO Red Line service this spring.

The meetings will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Eagan Community Room at Eagan City Hall, and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Regent Room at Apple Valley City Hall.

There will be information regarding MVTA’s current routes and proposed changes to local routes that operate on or feed to Cedar Avenue (Routes 420, 437, 438, 440, 441, 442, 444, 445 and 475). Brief presentations will be offered each evening at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. Otherwise, the meetings will follow an open house format.

Additionally, there will be a public hearing on the regional Title VI policies from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Dakota County Burnhaven Library in Burnsville. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, states: “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” This is part of a series of regional meetings that the Metropolitan Council is offering on proposed policies related to “major service change,” “disparate impact,” and “disproportionate burden.”

The MVTA is monitoring the policies being drafted by the Metropolitan Council and is expected to adopt comparable policies at its March board meeting.