Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

July 14, 2016

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Survey results in for bus service along Hwy 169 Mankato to Twin Cities

MANKATO, Minn. – Nearly 2000 people responded when MnDOT recently asked for feedback on interest in, and the need for intercity bus service along Highway 169 from Mankato to the Twin Cities.

“We are very pleased with the participation in the survey,” said Lisa Bigham, MnDOT planning director.  “In addition to the high response rate, we had a good cross section of respondents’ annual household income, age, race/ethnicity and geographic location.”

Key findings of the survey results include:

  • Over 86 percent of survey respondents make connections between Mankato and the Twin Cities via Highway 169
  • Majority of respondents (65%) currently use their personal car for this connection and 13 percent use bus service and 6 percent use carpool.
  • Main trip purpose is social/recreation/events, followed by shopping and work
  • Forty-two percent of the respondents have used the existing bus connection but a majority of them said they would use a bus connection more if the fares were lower and buses ran more often
  • Of those who said they haven’t used the existing bus connection said they did not know about this service
  • Majority of respondents want convenient connections to public transportation (bus, light rail, etc.) at their final destination

The project team used social media, news media and paper copies to seniors, minorities, and low income to gather feedback.

The next step is for the study team to evaluate service options and an implementation plan. The final results of the technical analysis will be shared with the public in the fall of 2016.

In the fall of 2015, MnDOT assembled a team of agencies to evaluate the potential for intercity bus improvements between Mankato and the Twin Cities and an even broader stake holder group to engage in the study.  More information and the detailed survey results can be found at www.mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy169study/.

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