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Statewide Initiatives

Greater Minnesota Transit Plan

The Greater Minnesota Transit Plan 2010-2030 defines the future vision for public transportation across Greater Minnesota and sets forth policies and strategies to meet that vision.

The Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan

The Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan, developed by MnDOT in 2011, sets priorities for transit investments in scenarios of both expanded and contracted future funding.

Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative (VTCLI)

The VTCLI  initiative provided $1.77 million federal DOT grant to improve transportation service information available through the MinnesotaHelp™ Network, Minnesota’s existing  hot line and web resource center for human service information. The funding will purchase hardware and software licenses to expand the MinnesotaHelp Network’s communicaton and information-sharing tools to transportation providers and veterans organizations.

2012 Transit Report: A Guide to Minnesota's Public Transit Systems

The 2012 Transit Report was prepared by the Minnesota Department of Transportation with assistance from the Metropolitan Council. This report is a guide to Minnesota's public transportation network and resources.


MnDOT District 3 Transit

Public transit is available in all of the district’s 13 counties. This includes county-wide systems in Crow Wing, Todd and Wadena Counties; multi-county-wide systems in Aitkin, Benton, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties, and a municipal service within the city of Pine River in Cass County.

Current Initiatives

  • Coordinate public transit and human service resources to enhance transportation access and minimize duplication of services. Facilitate the most appropriate and cost effective transportation system possible with available resources.
  • Begin implementation of t plans identified in recent studies completes by the state’s Regional Development Commissions, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and MnDOT to improve transit coordination.

Commuter Needs Study

District 3’s Commuter Study is the result of the need to explore transportation alternatives to accommodate commuters under current and alternative funding scenarios. The study’s findings identify viable commuter transit corridors in Stearns, Sherburne and Wright counties, it finds vanpools may be among the most effective solutions for long-distance commutes, and commuter cost sensitivity is prominent when choosing between single-passenger, rideshare, and transit options.

The Commuter Study Final Report recommends alternatives for improvements and expansion of park-and-rides, includes planning guidance and prototype designs for potential new park-and-rides and it finds that feasible commuter travel options will be very limited in rural areas, with ridesharing the most feasible option.
Public outreach was integral in gathering input; this included conducting phone surveys, interviews, open houses and focus groups. More than 1,200 residents, 149 park-and-ride users and 119 employers were surveyed.

The final study was completed with a report issued in summer 2012. For the full report, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/commuter/. To receive a PDF of the report, contact Sue Siemers at 218-223-6556.

Transit System Highlights (Congressional District 6)

Riverrider Public Transit

  • Implemented Route Match dispatching technology to increase efficiencies in routing and trip billing.

St. Cloud Metro Bus-Fixed Route

  • Began renovation/expansion of downtown transit center.
  • Entered its fifth successful year in operation of Route 75 under the JARC federal grant program.
  • Used social media communications through Facebook page to reach out to riders. https://www.facebook.com/StCloudMetroBus?fref=ts

St. Cloud Metro Bus- Dial-A-Ride

  • Enhanced group trips through express and direct services routes of paratransit operation.
  • Continued community outreach and travel training programs encouraging personal independence under the New Freedom federal grant program.
  • Coordinated with the growing Somali community to assist in travel training services for both fixed route and ADA services.

Transit System Highlights (Congressional Districts 6, 7 and 8)

Tri-Cap Transit Connection

  • Completed route redesign of rural Stearns County public transit.
  • Expanded Mobility Management Services to cover Wright County.

Transit System Highlights (Congressional District 8)

Brainerd & Crow Wing Public Transit

  • Improved local transit website to include route maps and language assist.
  • Coordinated with Crow Wing County Health and Human Services to streamline service.
  • Engaged in discussions with the city of Pine River to potentially provide Hwy 371 public transit service between Pine River and Baxter.

Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express

  • Implemented flexible fixed route service for North Branch.
  • Provided extension routes that meet up with the 285 Commuter Route through work with the Rushline Corridor TAC.

Pine River Ride With Us Bus

  • Initiated discussions with Brainerd/Crow Wing Public Transit to explore service between Pine River and Baxter along Hwy 371 corridor.

Timber Trails Public Transit

  • Implemented a cooperative plan to transport Industries Inc. consumers on public transit.
  • Completed the integration of Mille Lacs and Kanabec County public transit services.

Wadena County Friendly Rider Transit

  • Celebrated tenth year of continuous service, 2003 - 2013
  • Provided the highest number of rides since starting transit system and celebrated our 250,000th rider.