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Congressional Transportation Status Report



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 4 Transit

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

Transit System Highlights (Congressional District 7)

Becker County Transit

  • Purchased digital radios to upgrade the dispatch center
  • Increased bus ridership by 2% and volunteer driver rides by 11%
  • Added five volunteer drivers to fill that demand
  • Coordinated with surrounding transit systems to improve access

Benson Heartland Express

  • Acquired new bus in 2012
  • Hired new lead driver
  • Considering new bus garage

Mahnomen County Heartland Express

  • Increased ridership in 4th quarter of 2012
  • Authorized transportation for individuals to attend the Norman County DAC in Ada

Moorhead Metropolitan Area Transit

  • Installed two new shelters and rehabilitated two shelters, including new sidewalks and curb cuts, as well as a solar light and bike rack.
  • Replaced two shelters on Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College campuses with larger buildings, including lighting and benches for both and a heater for MSUM.
  • Extended evening service by one hour until 11:15 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • Added additional mid-day service through MSUM college campus for 15-minute frequency on weekdays during the academic year.
  • Completed a total redesign of the MATBUS transit system map and updated our “How to Ride” video.
  • Created an intranet system to streamline data input and analyze operational statistics.
  • Added new fare media to include 14-day and 1-day unlimited ride passes.

Moorhead Metropolitan Area Transit - Paratransit Service

  • Extended evening service by one hour until 11:15 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Morris Public Transit

  • Approved replacement bus purchase in 2013

Rainbow Rider Transit

  • Went live with RouteMatch dispatch software in 2012

Transit Alternatives

  • Upgrading buses with security camera systems
  • Began Sunday service in Moorhead
  • Examining expansion into Wilkin County

White Earth Public Transit

  • Received a Minnesota grant award providing a bus for elderly/disabled bringing the active fleet to 10
  • Ridership during 2012 increased 38% compared to the previous year
  • Completed third 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