This news release was provided by the MVTA.
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) will begin service to Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) on Aug. 20.The service, which has been sought by college students for several years, will be an extension of existing MVTA Route 420 from Rosemount Transit Station to Dakota County Technical College. The first two years of the route are being funded through support from Dakota County as part of its East-West Transit Study.There will be two morning trips to the campus, two afternoon trips as well as single trips in the afternoon and evening. Route 420 is a local route with a rush hour fare of $2.50.“This opportunity to have reliable transportation to and from campus is of great importance to our students,” according to letter from the DCTC Student Senate. “Our Student Senate has advocated for transportation options for students steadily since 2013.”In addition to the connection from Rosemount Transit Station, Route 420 serves Apple Valley Transit Station, which has connections with the Red Line (Apple Valley – Mall of America), Route 477 (Lakeville –Minneapolis) and Route 442 (Burnsville Center-Apple Valley).MVTA Executive Director Luther Wynder said MVTA is pleased that the service will become a reality this fall.“Public transit can provide a vital link for area students to obtain needed education,” Wynder said. “MVTA is looking forward to starting the route extension to DCTC and is thankful for the support for the service provided by local communities, public officials and DCTC students.”A 2016 DCTC Student Survey indicated 30 percent of DCTC students were interested in using transit service. The top cities of residence for DCTC students include Burnsville, Rosemount, and Lakeville.