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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

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.

2013 Transit Report: A Guide to Minnesota's Public Transit Systems

The 2013 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 4 Transit

Public transit is available in 11 of MnDOT District 4’s 12 counties. Wilkin County currently does not have any county wide public transit.

Congressional District 7 Transit System Highlights

Becker County Transit

  • Upgraded dispatch center with digital communication equipment
  • Increased ridership in volunteer driver program by 5%
  • Co-located Veterans Transportation Coordinator in dispatch center to improve coordination for veterans transportation

Benson Heartland Express

  • Hired a new transit lead driver to manage daily transit operations in Benson
  • Investigated a partnership with Prairie Five Rides to consolidate operations or dispatch

Mahnomen County Heartland Express

  • Provided transportation for clients to attend Norman County Developmental Activity Center in Ada
  • Prepared for merger into Tri-Valley Heartland Express

Moorhead Metropolitan Area Transit

  • Redesigned maps and schedules for increased user friendliness
  • Added a second bus to evening service, increasing frequency to every 30 minutes
  • Introduced a new 14-day pass ticket option
  • Installed five new passenger shelters and rehabilitated two, including amenities such as bike racks, heat and electricity, new landing pads and accessible curb cuts
  • Installed automatic stop announcements in buses

Moorhead Metropolitan Area Transit - Paratransit Service

  • MATBUS Travel Trainer Workshops have served 100+ human service providers and travel trainers since 2010

Morris Public Transit

  • Increased student ridership from University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Increased ridership among Head Start participants, providing an affordable transportation option for parents
  • System was featured in the Morris Sun Tribune for its coordination and cooperation with the Morris community

Rainbow Rider Transit

  • Implemented RouteMatch dispatching software
  • Hired staff to perform IT services and dispatch
  • Updated website

Transit Alternatives

  • Built an additional five stalls in the system’s bus garage
  • Began providing service to Breckenridge in Wilkin County

White Earth Public Transit

  • Began public transit service, in addition to continuing senior program and job access program
  • Completed fourth year of operation at the White Earth Transit Depot in Detroit Lakes. This location provides transportation to Jefferson Lines, Becker County Transit, Transit Alternatives, Heartland Express Mahnomen, as well as White Earth Public Transit