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In September, weekday ridership averaged 811. Saturdays had an average ridership of 554 and Sundays 437.
Riders to and from Eagan account for 18 percent of the Red Line ridership. Eagan hopes to see that number increase when the Paragon Outlet Mall opens near the station next fall and if other development occurs in the future.
The site for the Eagan station was selected by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, the south-metro bus service, which said it favored the location because it was in the heart of Eagan’s Cedar Grove district, it could be built on MnDOT right of way, eliminating land cost, and it could be connected to the local street network, among other reasons.
MVTA revamped its local bus service to take riders to the station to get on the Red Line, and it is now arguing that the local bus connection should be a consideration in the discussion about which station fix is best.
No time frame has been set for fixing the stop.
If an approach is approved by Dakota County, it would lead efforts to bring in federal, state and regional funds to help pay for the improvements, Elwood said.
Laurie Blake • 952-746-3287