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Eden Prairie, MN – Feb. 7, 2017 – SouthWest Transit is pleased to announce that they have been awarded Federal transportation funding from the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) to expand bus service between Eden Prairie and the Mall of America. This project was supported by two local TAB members, Randy Maluchnik and Denny Laufenburger. SouthWest Transit was chosen from 150 applicants as one of 58 projects selected for funding.
“I was very pleased to learn that SouthWest Transit was awarded funding through the Regional Solicitation process for a route to connect Eden Prairie, the Mall of America and the Golden Triangle,” said Metropolitan Council Member Deb Barber. “This will connect people to employment opportunities and the regional transit system.”
With this grant, SouthWest Transit intends to operate a connector service between Eden Prairie and the Mall of America. This service will combine new strategies to connect employees from all over the region with the expanding job growth in the southwest suburbs.
“This grant will greatly expand our transit corridor and increase the number of businesses and residents that we can serve,” said Eden Prairie Mayor and SouthWest Transit Commission Member Nancy Tyra-Lukens. “It should be a great boon to the southwest region of the Metro area.”
SouthWest Transit Presents Annual Leadership Awards to Rep. Cindy Pugh & Carver County Commissioner Tom Workman
Eden Prairie, MN – Jan. 26, 2017 – SouthWest Transit presented its 2016 leadership awards for Outstanding Political Champion and Distinguished Service to Representative Cindy Pugh and Carver County Commissioner Tom Workman. These annual awards are presented to leaders who have been instrumental in assisting SouthWest Transit’s efforts to meet the transit needs in their communities.
The Outstanding Political Champion Award was presented to Representative Cindy Pugh, who represents legislative district 33 in Chanhassen. Representative Pugh has been a strong supporter of SouthWest Transit throughout her two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives. She was instrumental in passing legislation that provides sales tax exemption to joint powers organizations. This exemption will allow SouthWest Transit to net over $100,000 each year, which will be directed towards new service initiatives and capital needs.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Carver County Commissioner Tom Workman. Commissioner Workman has been an advocate and supporter of SouthWest Transit for over 25 years. He played a key role in helping SouthWest Transit secure funding for SouthWest Station, SouthWest Village, Chanhassen Station, and multiple bus purchases. He has been a strong protector of suburban transit throughout his career in politics, and he continues to support SouthWest Transit by leading Carver County’s effort in providing support for the organization as they navigate their future.
“SouthWest Transit is grateful for the continued support that Representative Pugh and Commissioner Workman provide to our organization,” said SouthWest Transit Commission Chair Jay Rohe. “Their hard work and dedication make it possible for us to continue to effectively serve our communities.”
SouthWest Prime Featured in Star Tribune
SouthWest Prime was featured in the January 14, 2017 Star Tribune. Click here for link to the article: A public Uber service? In southwest metro, officials say it works