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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 6 Transit

Current initiatives

Two transit system consolidations occurred. One, SMART, involved the merger of two county and one city systems. The merger was a total transformation involving rebranding and operational redesign such as a single call center. The other, Semcac, took on the transit operations of the City of Stewartville.

Congressional District 1 transit system highlights

Albert Lea Transit

  • The single city transit entity was dissolved in order to become part of a three-county initiative headed by Albert Lea’s parent organization, Cedar Valley Services.
  • With the total redesign to include the program in SMART (see below) Freeborn County now has county-wide service.

Austin-Mower County Area Transit (AMCAT)

  • With the total redesign of the SMART system, AMCAT has a new identity.
  • Marketed leasable office space and signed tenant for additional revenue during 2013

La Crescent (LaCrosse Municipal Transit Utility)

  • Partnered with Google to include transit information on Google Maps
  • Added trip planner to website
  • Developed System Security and Emergency Preparedness Plan

Rochester Public Transit-Regular Route

  • Rebranded Rochester Public Transit
  • Moved into new transit operations center
  • New third party operator relationship has successfully transitioned
  • Feasibility study for CNG facility renovations and upgrade completed

Rochester Dial-A-Ride

  • Implemented RouteMatch scheduling and dispatching software

Rolling Hills Transit (formerly SEMCAC Transportation)

  • Contracted with daycare providers and pre-schools to boost ridership
  • Rebranded to Rolling Hills and initiated and operational restructure
  • Regional needs assessments completed in Olmsted County
  • Assumed operations for City of Stewartville

SMART (Southeast Minnesota Area Rural Transit)

  • Newly formed transit system serving Steele, Mower and Freeborn counties administered by Cedar Valley Services.
  • Multi-county-city collaboration resulted in the formation of the new organization

Steele County

  • Implemented deviated route service in Owatonna to accommodate more riders
  • Received additional grant funding to add evening service hours in 2013
  • With the total redesign of the SMART system, SCAT has a new identity.

Stewartville Heartland Express

  • The city transit service was merged into Rolling Hills Transit

Winona Transit Service

  • Finished installation of safety cameras on entire bus fleet

Congressional Districts 1 and 2 transit system highlights

Three Rivers Hiawathaland Transit

  • Installed cameras in all the buses
  • Following the integration of the Faribault and Northfield, service is improved through a more mature operational structure.