Just like Metro Transit, it was a banner year for the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority in terms of State Fair ridership.
The agency saw 14 percent more riders than it did in 2015, with 77,729 rides provided to and from park and ride lots in Eagan and Burnsville all 12 days of the fair. It also served the Marschall Road Transit in Shakopee on weekends.
While the State Fair saw three record attendance days and set an all-time attendance record, MVTA set a few records of its own. First, the transit agency had its largest single-day ridership with 13,323 rides on Sept. 3. Second, ridership from Shakopee on the fair's two weekends and Labor Day totaled 8,803, an increase of 32 percent over 2015. Third, total ridership from the Eagan Transit Station totaled 24,003, up 23 percent from 2015. It was only the second year service to and from Eagan had been offered every day of the fair.
Here are some other numbers:
• Weekday ridership from the Burnsville Transit Station was 23,134.
• Weekday ridership from the Eagan Transit Station was 9,557.
• Weekend (two Saturdays, two Sundays and Labor Day) ridership from the Burnsville Transit Station was 21,789.
• Weekend ridership from the Eagan Transit Station was 14,446.
"We were very excited by ridership growth from the Marschall Road Transit Station in Shakopee,” said Jon Ulrich, MVTA Chair and Scott County Commissioner.
MVTA provides service in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Prior Lake, Rosemount, Savage and Shakopee.
During the fair’s 12-day run, Metro Transit provided just over 632,500 rides to and from the fairgrounds, surpassing last year’s record ridership by nearly 10 percent. The highest single-day State Fair ridership was Sept. 3, when Metro Transit provided 73,667 rides, the agency said.