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For a quarter-century, Beverley Miller has guided the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) as the organization's first — and only — executive director. During her tenure, the south-of-the-river bus service has seen annual ridership nearly quadruple. In 2014, Miller led the MVTA through a merger with the cities of Prior Lake and Shakopee to become an agency serving seven cities.

Miller retires this week; her replacement hasn't yet been named.

"When we started, I think there was the myth that people in suburban areas didn't want to use transit, or there wasn't a need," Miller said. "Here we are today, 25 years later, with nearly 10 times the number of trips [each day] and just under 3 million rides annually."