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Metro Transit: Minnesota State Fair shuttle buses saw 33% ridership bump in 2023

Bittersweet fun for last-day State Fairgoers
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MINNEAPOLIS — Metro Transit says ridership on its State Fair Express Buses saw a big spike during this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Officials say there was a 33% increase from last year, with about 241,000 rides given. They credit the increase to the opening of the Blaine Express Bus Park & Ride, the fourth location of its kind in the metro, along with Bloomington, Cottage Grove and Minnetonka.

RELATED: Despite weaker ending amid heat, 2023 State Fair was 6th best-attended on record

Metro Transit says 100-plus express buses were in service daily during the fair's 12-day run.

The Minnesota State Fair itself fell about 7,000 visitors short of 2022's total attendance number, but it was still the sixth best-attended fair on record.

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