SouthWest Transit celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Date: 12/5/2016

Eden Prairie, MN – Nov.16, 2016 – SouthWest Transit is celebrating its 30th anniversary this December.  Formerly known as SouthWest Metro Transit, this award-winning local transportation company was organized in 1986 when the southwest Minneapolis suburbs of Chaska, Chanhassen and Eden Prairie chose to opt out of the Metropolitan Transit Commission transit system in accordance with Minnesota State Statutes. Under a joint powers agreement between the three cities, they created their own transit system, SouthWest Metro Transit.

“This collaboration was a result of the cities’ decision that they were not receiving an equitable level of transportation service compared to the amount of property taxes they paid” said SouthWest Transit Chief Executive Officer Len Simich.  In 2002, funding transit through the property tax was eliminated and the Motor Vehicle Tax (MVST) became the major funding source for the agency.

In 1986, average ridership was just over 100,000 rides annually and SouthWest Transit did not have any assets. Thirty years later, the agency transports 1.3 million riders, and has $60 million in assets. The agency went from operating 17 converted school buses in 1986 to a fleet of 75 first-class luxury coach buses today.  

See full news release from Southwest Transit.











 

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