By Bruce Karnick [email protected] Metro Transit, like other employers, is having to make difficult decisions around services due to staffing shortages. The most recently impacted service looks …
By Bruce Karnick
Metro Transit, like other employers, is having to make difficult decisions around services due to staffing shortages. The most recently impacted service looks to be the Express Bus service to and from the Minnesota State Fair.
The Express Bus route near Robert Street and Bulter Ave in West St. Paul has been cancelled this year. That seems to be more of a product of the new apartments that are being built in the lot of the old K-Mart than lack of drivers, but the driver shortage likely played a role in it too. The closure of the West St. Paul State Fair Express Bus Route means the southeast metro is down to one location, Cottage Grove.
The lot is in the same spot, along Highway 61 on West Point Douglas Road between 80th and Jamaica Ave. The buses operate from 9:00 a.m. to midnight at most locations during the week and start an hour earlier on the weekend and Labor Day.
The roundtrip cost is six dollars if you are paying cash. Five dollars if you are using the Metro Transit Mobile app ticket or Bus Bargain Ticket that is also available online. Got-To Cards and passes, tokens, and Super Savers are not accepted on the State Fair Express Buses.