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Rapid Transit Bus Route the Topic at MVTA Public Meetings in Eagan and Apple Valley

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority wants residents' input on service changes to local bus routes in relation to the opening of the METRO Red Line rapid transit service.

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Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) has scheduled two public meetings to receive input on proposed service changes to MVTA Routes in conjunction with the opening of the METRO Red Line service in Spring of 2013.

The meetings are scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5-7 p.m. in the Eagan Community Room at Eagan City Hall and on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 5-7 p.m. 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 at the Dakota County Library—Burnhaven Branch on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. 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.

The MVTA is the public transportation provider for the businesses and residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Rosemount and Savage, and provides service to the Lakeville Cedar Park & Ride.    

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