Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Statewide Initiatives

Greater Minnesota Transit Plan

The Greater Minnesota Transit Plan 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.

Minnesota Ride Link

Minnesota Ride Link provides veterans, military families, and others a single source for information about transportation options. The link is made by connecting to the MinnesotaHelp Network™ (the state’s existing one-call/one-click virtual information center). The Minnesota Ride Link project is sponsored by the Minnesota Departments of Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging. Funding is provided through a Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative grant from the Federal Transportation Administration.

2015 Transit Report: A Guide to Minnesota's Public Transit Systems

The 2015 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.
Detailed information on public transit providers can be found at: mndot.gov/transit/riders/.

MnDOT District 8 transit

All of District 8’s counties have county-wide public transit service. Within the District, there are city systems, county systems and multi-county systems.

Current Initiatives

  • Lincoln County Heartland Express and Western Community Action – Community Transit plan to merge services in 2016.
  • MnDOT Office of Transit is conducting a restructuring study to assist with the merger of Central Community Transit and Meeker County Public Transit in 2016.

Transit Systems in Congressional Districts 1 and 7

System Name Service Area Fleet Size 2013 Ridership
Western Community Action - Community Transit Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, and Redwood Counties 21 buses 146,288

Transit Systems in Congressional District 7

System Name Service Area Fleet Size 2013 Ridership
Central Community Transit Kandiyohi and Renville Counties; city of Willmar 17 buses 146,337
Granite Falls Heartland Express Granite Falls 2 buses 20,430
Lincoln County Heartland Express Lincoln County 2 buses 10,120
Meeker County Public Transit Meeker County; city of Litchfield 8 buses 70,536
Murray County Heartland Express Murray County 1 bus 9,958
Prairie Five Rides Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties 18 buses 138,345
Pipestone County Transit Pipestone County 5 buses 28,386
Trailblazer Transit McLeod, Sibley, and Wright Counties 35 buses 204,423