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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 7 Transit

Nine of District 7’s 13 counties have county-wide transit systems (two are multi-county systems with District 8). The cities of Mankato and North Mankato, and St. Peter and LeSueur have city systems. Nicollet, Blue Earth, Waseca and LeSueur counties have no county-wide public transit (5311) systems. Some of those transit needs are being met through Section 5316 and 5317 grants to VINE — Faith-in-Action of Mankato.

Current Initiatives

  • A study is underway to facilitate combining Martin and Faribault County transit systems.
  • Two public transit systems, the Cities of LeSueur and St. Peter and VINE, Faith in Action, a New Freedom and JARC provider are meeting to discuss a future re-design that will include county wide service for LeSueur, Nicollet and Blue Earth Counties.
  • Rock, Nobles, Pipestone and Murray County began implementing a route through the four-county area as a Transit for the Future project.

Congressional District 1 Transit System Highlights

Brown County Heartland Express

  • Established second dispatcher position to more effectively manage ride scheduling and improve customer service and overall system delivery
  • Added more Monday service to New Ulm residents
  • Routinely utilized RouteMatch webinar and customer support services to enhance knowledge of automated dispatch program capabilities throughout the first full year of implementation

Faribault County Prairie Express

  • Continued service to cities in neighboring counties
  • Continued expanded service hours, increased ridership 6%, and lowered overall operating costs
  • Participating in formal planning study to determine feasibility of merger with Martin County

Mankato – Greater Mankato Transit System

  • Worked with MSU Mankato Student Senate to implement a U-Pass for student use of transit
  • Increased ridership by 24% over 2011
  • Purchased one new class 700 heavy duty bus
  • Developed a plan and secured $6.5 million in funding for a construction project for the system at the former MnDOT building

Martin County Transit

  • Offered new commuter service between Fairmont, Jackson and Blue Earth
  • Participating in formal planning study to determine feasibility of merger with Faribault County

Prairieland Transit (Nobles County)

  • Initiated project with neighboring transit systems (Pipestone, Murray, Rock) called Buffalo Ridge Transit.  Nobles County residents now have greater access to additional transportation options

Rock County

  • Initiated project with neighboring transit systems (Pipestone, Murray, Nobles) called Buffalo Ridge Transit.  Rock County residents now have greater access to additional transportation options

Congressional Districts 1 and 2 Transit System Highlights

St. Peter Transit

  • Initiated deviated routes in order to reduce costs of operation and provide quicker response time
  • Partnering with LeSueur and Vine, Faith in Action, to consider blending services and exploring options for corridor service along US 169

Congressional Districts 2 and 7 Transit System Highlights

Le Sueur Heartland Express

  • Partnering with LeSueur and Vine, Faith in Action, to consider blending services and exploring options for corridor service along US 169

Trailblazer Transit

  • Increased ridership among seniors and children by 7.1% and 20.2% respectively
  • Revamped organizational structure to accommodate future growth
  • Working on developing a transition plan for assuming responsibility for Wright County

Watonwan Take Me There

  • Ridership increased by 19% over 2011 levels, the system’s previous highest-recorded ridership year

Congressional Districts 1 and 7 Transit System Highlights

Western Community Transit

  • Installed cameras on all buses and installed bus shelters in Marshall
  • Implemented a new radio system that reaches all locations
  • Finished the first year of integrating Cottonwood County into the Community Transit system.
  • Completed integration of mobile data computers on all buses
  • Instituted advisory committees among passengers, business owners, professionals, and local government officials to ensure services are tailored to community