Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority team up to add new stops in Prior Lake

February 7th, 2018

Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) today announced a new partnership with the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) to provide more transportation options for people in Prior Lake. The agreement adds five direct stops to and from the tribe’s Mystic Lake Casino Hotel along MVTA’s current Route 495, which runs daily between Bloomington, Burnsville and Shakopee.

“Many of our employees rely on public transportation every day,” said SMSC Chairman Charles R. Vig. “Coordinating with Minnesota Valley Transit Authority is a great opportunity to help make our team members’ commutes easier and more efficient during peak times.”

The new direct stops, which will be in the morning and afternoon, will begin on February 17 and are scheduled to continue for a full year. The stops supplement those currently run by the Mystic Lake Shuttle Bus, which runs frequently between the Marschall Road Transit Station in Shakopee to Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. The total cost of the expanded service is covered by a $75,000 contribution from the SMSC.

“These expanded routes are a win-win for both the SMSC and the MVTA,” said Minnesota Valley Transit Authority Executive Director Luther Wynder. “Together, we’ll be able to get more travelers where they want to go in an affordable, convenient way.”

For more information on Route 495 and the additional stops, visit

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Native American tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Following a Dakota tradition of generosity, the SMSC is one of the top philanthropists in Minnesota and is the largest contributor to Native American tribes and causes across the country. It is a strong community partner and a leader in protecting and restoring natural resources. The SMSC’s government, Gaming Enterprise, and various other enterprises are collectively the largest employer in Scott County.

About the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) serves suburbs in fast-growing Dakota and Scott County and provides connections to the region. MVTA is the public transit agency for Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Rosemount in Dakota County; Savage, Prior Lake, and Shakopee in Scott County. More than 60 percent of MVTA routes serve residents commuting throughout the metro. For more information about MVTA, go to

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