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I-494, the mass transit orphan?

As The Deets covered yesterday, Google Transit recently launched — letting you easily search for mass transit opportunities along destinations in the Twin Cities.

I’m pumped. It’s the honest truth that last night I was on Southwest Metro Transit’s Web site trying to figure out if I could hop a bus from Chaska to my office in Bloomington.

It’s just up 212 and down 494 a few exits, so it seemed simple enough. However, their poor site is horrendous when it comes to usability, so I thought perhaps it was user error that no buses seemed to go down 494 east to west.

So this morning, upon reading Ed’s post, I did a quick Google Transit search for the 20 mile trip from Eden Prairie to Eagan, and nope, no buses go down 494. Instead they recommend a 40 mile, two hour trip through downtown Minneapolis.

Can someone tell me why? One of my biggest arguments against the colossal tax payer subsidies given to LRT and the Department of Transportation has to do with the fact that mass transit — as it exists today — benefits a fraction of the commuting population.

It seems like there are a significant number of residents and workers down here in the southern burbs along 494. And considering the horrendous gridlock that is 494 between 169 and 77 pretty much all day long, you would think our well-funded DOT would offer us some alternatives.

Am I missing something?

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