City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

SMSC and MVTA Add New Bus Stops in Prior Lake

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

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