MVTA provides more State Fair service

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) is adding more round-trip service to the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 24 through Sept. 4.

Special express routes will run daily during the fair between Burnsville Transit Station and Eagan Transit Station and express service from Marschall Road Transit Station in Shakopee will run on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day.

MVTA, which is the public transportation agency for seven suburbs in Dakota and Scott counties, began providing special service to the State Fair in 1996. That year, 5,718 passengers traveled to the fair by bus. In 2016, a record 77,729 MVTA passengers attended the fair. Of those, 44,923 traveled to the fair from Burnsville Transit Station; 24,003 left from Eagan Transit Station; and 8,803 boarded weekend and Labor Day buses in Shakopee.

Express sites to fair:

• Burnsville: Burnsville Transit Station, Highway 13 and Nicollet Avenue. Hourly service weekdays 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 30-minute service on weekends and Labor Day.

• Eagan: Eagan Transit Station, Yankee Doodle Road and Pilot Knob Road at I-35E. Hourly service on weekdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 30-minute service from 8 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day.

• Shakopee: Marschall Road Transit Station, 1615 Weston Court. Hourly service from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day.

Return service from the fair is from noon to midnight for all sites.

Discount tickets are available for purchase through Aug. 23. Go-To Cards, SuperSaver Cards, College Passes and MetroPasses are not accepted for the State Fair Express service.