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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 8 transit

All of District 8’s 12 counties have county-wide public transit. Within the counties there are city systems, county systems and multi-county systems.

Congressional District 1 transit system highlights

Prairie Five Rides

  • Merged with Dawson Heartland Express
  • Merged with  Montevideo’s public transit
  • Implementing new dispatching software and installed tablets on all buses

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

Congressional District 7 transit system highlights

Granite Falls Heartland Express

  • Participated in local events to increase awareness of public transit
  • Improved coordination with area day cares
  • Had a crash-free year

Kandiyohi Area Transit (KAT)

  • Increased Saturday ridership by 10%
  • Adjusted service to provide more service to adult day services and community-based workplaces
  • Partnered with Meeker County Transit to provide a route along Highway 12
  • Developing plans for merging with Renville County in 2015

Lincoln County

  • Began conversations with partners about potential coordination opportunities
  • Gathered input from riders to help improve service

Meeker County Public Transit

  • Partnered with Kandiyohi County Transit to provide a route along Highway 12

Murray County Heartland Express

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

Pipestone County Transit

  • Participated in Minnesota Ride Link initiative to connect veterans to information about tranist options
  • Initiated project with neighboring transit systems (Murray, Nobles, Rock) called Buffalo Ridge Transit. Pipestone County residents now have greater access to additional transportation options.

Renville County Heartland Express

  • Developing plans for merging with Kandiyohi County in 2015

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

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