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Officials are banking on major infrastructure improvements to increase ridership and cut ride time along the two-year-old Red Line transit route. In the meantime, they will experiment with new hours to get more people to use the state's first rapid busway, which runs on Hwy. 77 (Cedar Avenue) from Apple Valley to the Mall of America.
In August, the line will begin running very early — it will take off from the Apple Valley Transit Station at 3:45 a.m. — to accommodate people who work the morning shift at the airport. (There will be fewer trips after 6 p.m. as a result of the change.)
In the long term, the Cedar Grove Station in Eagan will be replaced in 2017 with one that will eliminate a detour and is designed to ease flow, and the Mall station will be upgraded.