MVTA-SouthWest TRansit

System-Wide Plan

Preliminary Transit Improvement Scenarios

The study team has developed two preliminary transit improvement scenarios. The scenarios are available for review in two ways:

Interactive maps using the Remix platform. There is one map for each scenario. The interactive maps allow you to zoom in and out, click on routes, search for locations (such as an address or point of interest) to see how they are served, and leave comments. For best viewing capabilities, we recommend using a computer rather than a mobile phone.

Ridership Scenario (Scenario 1)
Interactive Map

Coverage Scenario (Scenario 2)
Interactive Map

Downloadable packet. To view system maps and route maps for each of the scenarios, download the PDF for each of the two scenarios:

Ridership Scenario (Scenario 1)
PDF Packet

Coverage Scenario (Scenario 2)
PDF Packet

The preliminary system scenarios are not final recommendations but are completely open for discussion. Please note that MVTA Connect and SW Prime services are not shown in these preliminary system scenarios. In this phase of the project, we are focusing on planning for traditional bus service. We will incorporate MVTA Connect and SW Prime in the next phase of the project in our recommended scenario.

Your feedback will be used to develop the recommended scenario, pulling the best elements from each of these preliminary system scenarios or from new ideas that we hear from you.

If route changes are identified through this study, they will be implemented in 2022-2026, and riders will be notified well in advance.

How do the scenarios differ from each other?

In the Ridership Scenario (Scenario 1): Local routes will be more direct and less circuitous, with more frequent service. As a trade-off, passengers may have to walk further to reach stops. Commuter services will provide direct service with fewer stops and less circuitous routing.

In the Coverage Scenario (Scenario 2): Local routes will be less direct but will cover a wider area, with passengers having to walk shorter distances to stops. As a trade-off, service will be less frequent. Commuter services will still provide direct service but will make more stops to pick up passengers and therefore will be more circuitous.

We’d Like Your Feedback!

Tell us your thoughts on these scenarios by taking our online questionnaire.
The questionnaire is available through July 23, 2021.

Upcoming Ways to Engage

We’re hosting three pop-up events to gather your feedback and answer questions about our preliminary transit improvement scenarios. Locations, dates, and times of the pop-up events are shown below. Stop by and say hi!

Burnsville Transit Station

June 22, 2021; 5 – 6p.m.
100 State Hwy 13, Burnsville, MN 55337

Marschall Road Transit Station

June 23, 2021; 5 – 6p.m.
1615 Weston Ct, Shakopee, MN 55379

Southwest Station

June 24, 2021; 7 – 8p.m.
13500 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344
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About the Plan

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) and SouthWest Transit (SWT) are completing a systemwide study for the five years including 2022 through 2026. The purpose of the MVTA/SWT Systemwide Study is to provide a comprehensive review of current services operated by MVTA and SWT, to examine unmet needs, and to identify opportunities for additional routes or services that retain and capture new transit riders.



Improve the transit experience of traditionally underrepresented and transit dependent populations, local businesses and organizations, and the general public to guide the project process.


Understand transit uses, needs, and gaps in the existing MVTA and SWT systems and identify areas with potential for future transit services.


Recognize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on transit system use and perceptions and develop plans for new
travel patterns.

Project Schedule

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100 E. Highway 13, Burnsville, MN 55337