For a wealth of ideas on how to complete this action, click on the Who's doing it section below and start with reading entries from those GreenStep cities whose completion of this action has merited a 3-star (best) rating.
Like the food pyramid, the transportation hierarchy quickly and visually helps us all focus on the benefits of top-priority mobility modes - walking, biking and transit - while showing the others (service/freight, taxis, carpools/carsharing, single-occupant travel).
Page on chamber of commerce site includes links to one or more services.
Page on city web site includes links to one or more services; note discounts for different populations (children, students, elderly, low-income).
Information includes or has easy links to costs, routes, operation hours, etc.; promote interconnections among different services.
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Dilworth - 3 star
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The city of Dilworth's web page contains information on programs such as public transit, paratransit service for persons with disabilities and senior citizens, as well as information on other private and public transportation services and their transportation partners. Dilworth strives to accommodate the mobility needs of its residents by participating with MATBUS. All of the MATBUS transportation options are on their website, including private transportation providers and government-supported transit. MATBUS maps are available at Dilworth City Hall. Senior ride services information is also available at City Hall and is on the website.
The City of Duluth website currently provides direct links to the Duluth Airport and the Duluth Transit Authority which provides information about bus routes and fares. A link is also provided for Visit Duluth which maintains a more complete transit list including cabs, intercity bus services, and para-transit while emphasizing the walkability of downtown and Canal Park.
We produced an Active Transportation map in 2013 which shows bus stops, bus route numbers, bus benches, the location of the NorthStar commuter trail,as well as indicating the best bicycling and pedestrian routes for access to essential goods and services in the City. Dangerous intersections are called out in the map, as well.
The Marshall Visitors and Conventions Bureau home page has a link for various transportation options and Western Community Action, Inc. has specific route information available on their site as well. The bus service website is also prominently linked on the Marshall city homepage.
On May 20th, 2019 the City of Marshall officially launched its Bike Share program which allows community members and visitors the opportunity to utilize bicycles at no charge.
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Link on the page have contact information, costs and schedules for Bus Service, Taxi, Car Rental and Aviation options.
Nine TREK bicycles are available at three check out locations including the Marshall YMCA, AmericInn and the Bike Shop. The Roll-out event was held which included a bike with city officials event. The bicycles are equipped with odometers which will track the usage each season.
Rochester's city website has a very easy drop down tab "I want to ; with a link to look up bus schedules. The link also includes numbers and access to contact the ZIPS car service, information about bikes on buses, Bus route maps, schedules, and fares. There is also a link for google trip planner, which will show how to get to your destination using the bus system, and pedestrian infrastructure.
Shakopee’s Chamber of Commerce features links to two local transportation services; one that provides airport shuttle services and the other is responsible for daily school district transportation.
The City’s Public Transportation website includes phone numbers and links to Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, Dial-A-Ride, Metro Area Route Planner, and Metro Transit. Additionally, the website provides emails and a direct line to MVTA’s 24-hour TransitLine as well as children and senior discount rates for the following routes (Shakopee Local Routes 497, 499, Express to Downtown Minneapolis – Routes 490 & 493 for morning and afternoon commutes; Routes 491 & 492 for reverse commutes, Route 495 to Mall of America, Route 498 to Golden Triangle).
The City’s Public Transportation page also includes peak (6AM – 9AM; 3PM – 6:30PM) and non-peak fares for routes serviced, operation hours, free park and rides, and transfer availabilities among each route.
The City of Albert Lea links to SMART Transit as a resource (see attached). More than that, however, the City frequently posts information about SMART Transit on its Facebook page. The City also connected SMART with media outlets to inform the public that SMART won the Transit System of the Year, that the agency provides free rides to Vets and that SMART expanded its hours.
After SMART Transit announced service to Austin, the City promoted SMART Transit widely. The information included costs,the routes and operational hours.
Arlington has link to Trailblazer Transit's website link under Public Information "Public Transit" on the City Website. This link shows current fares, hours in which they operate, and transit options.
The Coon Rapids website easily links residents to Northstar transit options in the community. Special event transportation options are also advertised on the website such as holiday and sporting events. The Senior Center also offers free transportation to the center and provides seniors transportation carpooling to various planned outings.
Delano's City website provides a link to the Trailblazer Transit website (City Services>Transportation). The website also provides a link to the brochure published by Wright County outlining other area transportation resources.
The Heartland Express is the public transit system for Granite Falls. It provides door to door transportation for within the city. To obtain a ride, a person can call the number provided on the city's website.
Beginning Sep 6, 2016 Hastings will introduce its new transit option; the LOOP. This service will operate every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with service starting on September 6th.The LOOP is a dial-a-ride* transportation service offered by the non-profit group, DARTS. This circulator bus will operate on a loop around the city with scheduled stops and the flexibility to request a stop nearby.
Transit Link is a dial-a-ride minibus or van service for the general public that must be reserved in advance. Transit Link service is curb-to-curb service with limited assistance. Transit Link Service is different from Metro Mobility service. It is available to the general public and is intended to serve areas where regular transit route service is not available. Fares are based on distance traveled, though groups who travel together are eligible for a discount. Transit Link is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Council. Attached are links that provide information and access to Transit Link.
The City website contains maps of both the City’s extensive sidewalk network as well as the connected system of bike-friendly routes, bike lanes, and paved trails. The city has also posted the bike map in several prominent locations in Hutchinson along trails. See link.
Hutchinson's website also contains a link to Trailblazer Transit's website. Trailblazer Transit is a local dial-a-ride bus company servicing McLeod, Wright, and Sibley Counties. Trailblazer inventories ride request in order to crate affordable transit sharing options for Hutchinson and the surrounding areas.
City of Maple Grove operates the Maple Grove Transit system offering Commuter Express and Dial-A-Ride services. The City contracts with transit companies to provide these transit services. The City website offers a complete list of all transit options, schedules, maps, park and ride locations and amenities. The main two transit options listed on the website are the Commuter Express and Dial-A-Ride services. Information and link to additional transit resources such as Transit Link, Metro Mobility, Metro Transit and Jefferson Line are also available under the Transit webpage on the City website.
The City of Moorhead MATBUS web page contains information on programs such as public transit, paratransit service for persons with disabilities and senior citizens, as well as information on other private and public transportation services and our transportation partners.
MATBUS produces a brochure and supporting website, FMRIDESOURCE.com, for the metro area of Fargo and West Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead and Dilworth, Minnesota regarding transportation options for people with disabilities and those over age 60. As a regional medical center and hub of human services, the Fargo-Moorhead metro area strives to accommodate the mobility needs of its residents. All of the transportation options on this website, including private transportation providers and government-supported transit, are available to the public.
On New Brighton’s “For Residents” webpage (http://www.newbrightonmn.gov/resources/for-residents), the very first content block at the top of the page lists the various mobility options available to residents of the City. These include vehicle, bus, bike, and walking routes throughout the entire City.
In the same area, there is information regarding construction projects on the main roadways residents may use to ensure citizens can adequately plan their daily travel, as well as a link to a biking survey so that those who bike commute can help us improve the transportation options available to them. Information for areas surrounding the City of New Brighton is provided to ensure people can plan their entire transportation route easily.
The City of Royalton is assisting Morrison County Tri Cap and Horizon Health to promote Dial-A-Ride for residents in Royalton. Elderly that no longer drive need transportation to the doctor, pharmacy and grocery in Little Falls (10 miles from our city). Fliers are placed in public places to inform residents of this service.
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Elderly and/or disabled individuals will use the service.
The City's website has a page that informs residents of altnerative transportation modes available to them. The page covers express bus service, park and ride lots, Transit Link (formerly Dial-A-Ride), Metro Mobility and bus route schedules
The city has a "Visitors Guide" section on its website which provides a link to the mobility options including Dial-A-Ride. From these links visitors can access the bus schedules, maps and find out information on the Northstar bus and rail lines.
WeCAB (Community Area Busing) is a network of volunteers whose mission is to provide safe, affordable, flexible and supplemental transportation for:
Shopping local businesses
Weekend Access to Metro Transit
The City of Winona operates a bus transit service within the City. The routes and timetables are available on the City's website at the descriptive link above. Google maps also has the City bus routes to help with navigation. The City website also describes the cost and fare options. Recently, the City unveiled a dial-a-ride service to expand transit options, and instructions to use the service are on the City website. The Winona Transit service also provides an after-hours Safe Ride available on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7pm to 1:30am during the local universities school sessions.
The City also has a "Bicycling" page to highlight bicycling routes and other pertinent rules and regulations: https://www.cityofwinona.com/city-services/planning-zoning/bicycling/
The city webpage is being reconstructed and will include its own page of transportation options which include T.H.E. Bus and Ampride taxi service. In the meantime, the transportation options, information, and link were included on the GreenStep initiatives for access.
The City of Fergus Falls licenses taxicab services and three taxi businesses are running on a daily basis. Productive Alternatives runs their transit services throughout the city Monday-Saturday. Bike sharrows were painted along the downtown area roadways in 2015. There are a number of nursing homes and assisted living facilities that also provide transportation options to their residents.
The City of Lakeville has partnered with the Dakota Area Resources and Transportation for Seniors, now known by its acronym DARTS, to provide circulator bus service to Lakeville seniors. The bus operates on Thursdays from 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. making seven residential stops both scheduled and by request and transports seniors to key shopping and other destinations within the City. Comprehensive information is available on the City’s website to include program applications and the bus route and stop times.
The City has provided a list of Mobility Options for hire on their website. The site has links for transportation options for individuals with disabilities. These services are available to residents for a small fee and operate through out the city. Metro Mobility is already used by many residents to get to city facilities like the Maplewood Community Center and City Hall.
The Heartland Express is responsible for providing clean, on-time, reliable, safe, and efficient service. The Heartland Express is not responsible for items left on its vehicles. We are responsible for enforcing this service policy.
The Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express abides by all applicable federal, state and local regulations, and maintains an alcohol and drug-free workplace.
For safety reasons persons using a 3-wheel electric cart or (lark type chairs) will be requested to transfer to a bus seat. All wheelchairs have to fit on the bus lift properly.
The Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who violates any of the standards.
The Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express is a public transportation service Opens a New Window. , which operates within the county borders. Both Chisago and Isanti counties are committed to providing safe, cost-effective transit service to anyone in either county who requests it. All vehicles are handicapped accessible.
We provide curb-to-curb service. Most passengers can request and be provided same day service, but reservations should be made by noon the working day before. The only limitations are to time constraints in scheduling and/or buses on route at any given time.
Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express operates its programs without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes he or she has been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express by reviewing and completing the Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express Title VI Complaint Procedure & Form Opens a New Window. .
Arrowhead Transit serves Pine City. There are fixed stops with benches in a few locations. Dial-a-ride is also available as an option. There are Dial-a-Ride brochures displayed prominently in the City Hall and Chamber of Commerce. Cab services are also available.
Complete. The executive director of Pine River's Chamber of Commerce revised the Chamber's website to include a headline, an informational flier, and several photos promoting our community's public transit service, the Ride With Us Bus.
The City is part of the St Paul Chamber of Commerce, and so information on transportation options is readily available there through a link from the City of Roseville web site. The city's "Living Smarter" promotes "shorter drives" and the best ways to "get around town" including transit routes and maps.
The City of St. Cloud maintains a web site that provides a link to the citys available mass transit options. Under the Area Links section of the home page, visitors can access information about the Metro Transit Bus and Dial-A-Ride services operating within the St. Cloud metropolitan area. In addition, links to information on the Northstar Link Commuter Bus between St. Cloud and Big Lake and the Northstar Commuter Rail Line between St. Cloud and Minneapolis are also provided.
St. James has a link to the Take Me There (TMT) Bus. TMT will take you to any location in Watonwan County. TMT may also take you out of the County for specific medical appointments. We also have a list of other transportation options available in town.
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The outcome is that anyone looking to move to town or look to see what amenities we have in town have access to this information.
In 2017 Saint Peter and Le Sueur Transit merged into Minnesota River Valley Transit (MRVT). Minnesota River Valley Transit (MRVT) is a Dial-a-Ride (DAR) service within the City of Saint Peter. Also, on Mondays and Thursdays there is a route service that runs from Le Sueur through Saint Peter and into Mankato. This service is also available on the 2nd Saturday of the month (Saturday start times are at 10:30 AM). Service starts in Le Sueur at Valley Green Square Mall (204 Valley Green Square) leaving at 8:30 AM. The bus will stop at Family Fresh Market (612 S. Minnesota Avenue) and leave at 8:50 AM. The next stop is the Cinemark Movies 8 entrance to the River Hills Mall (1850 Adams Street). The bus will leave the Mall at 9:10 AM. The last stop is Mayo Clinic/Hospital/Mankato Clinic (1025 Marsh Street) at 9:20 AM. At 9:30 the bus will leave the complex. The next stop will be Family Fresh Market with the bus leaving the stop at 10:10 AM. Arrival back at Valley Green Square will be at 10:25 AM.