The St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission (Metro Bus) was created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1969 to operate as a Transit Authority.
Metro Bus service area consists of the cities of St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park.
Metro Bus annual operating budget for Fiscal Year 2013 is $9.5 million
Two operating divisions: 1) Fixed Route 2) Dial-a-Ride
Metro Bus owns/operates several major transportation facilities:
1) Operations Center - Built in 1985 with additions in 1994, 1998, 2000, 2005 and 2006. Houses administrative offices, Dial-a-Ride dispatching and Fixed Route call center, maintenance shop and vehicle storage. Total square footage is 77,425
2) Transit Center - Multimodal transfer facility in downtown St. Cloud, built in 1992 and remodeled and expanded in 2012. Metro Bus is the local Jefferson Lines agent, and intermodal connections made with local private taxi companies and public rural transit systems.
3) Crossroads Center Bus Stop - Completed in 2005 providing two architecturally-designed partially-enclosed and heated passenger waiting shelters, including parking and traffic circulation improvements, centered around a long-term lease arrangement.
4) 56 Bus Shelters and 700+ signed bus stops throughout the four-city transit service area. This shelter is at the St. Cloud Public Library.
Metro Bus Fixed Route System
Fixed Route passenger trips FY 2012: 2,195,539
Peak ridership months: November-February
Number of Fixed Routes: 21
Average number of weekday Metro Bus passenger trips: 7,900
Buses in Fixed Route fleet: 39
Number of revenue miles traveled annually by Fixed Route buses: 1,149,873
Average age of current Metro Bus Fixed Route fleet: 8 years
Fixed Route cash fare: $1.10; Percent of bus riders paying with cash 26%
31 Day Pass $45.00; Percent of bus riders using 31-Day pass 43%
• Awarded $3.3 million federal Clean Fuels grant in 2012 to begin CNG fueling project.
• American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Outstanding Public Transportation Awards in 1990 and 2007.
• First and only transit system in the nation to have 100% transit signal priority coverage of all fixed routes.
• First Minnesota transit system, in 1988, to partner with a state university - St. Cloud State University - to subsidize and deeply discount semester bus passes. Starting in September 2003, FREE RIDE U-Pass was implemented resulting in a 64+% ridership increase in one year on university-based routes.
• Re-introduced Sunday Fixed Route Service in May 2008 -- last provided in 1953.
Fixed Route Rider Profile
(November 2009 Fixed Route on-board rider survey - All routes)
Under 18 4%
18 - 29 48%
30 - 45 22%
46 - 64 20%
65 & Over 6%
Daily bus riders (4+ days a week) 88%.
Percent of riders who could not have made their trip if bus service were not available - 83% (up from 57% in 2005).
32% of riders have been riding for 6+ years; 43% are under 2 years.
Dial-a-Ride passenger trips FY 2011: 130,880
Average number of weekday trips: 500/day
Buses in Dial-a-Ride fleet: 22
Number of revenue miles traveled annually by Dial-a-Ride buses: 513,000
Average age of current Dial-a-Ride fleet: 3 years
Cash fare: $2.20
• Awarded $3.3 million federal Clean Fuels grant to begin CNG fueling project.
• Specialized Service is Minnesota's first door-through-door, driver assisted Dial-a-Ride service for people with diabilities.
• One of the first systems in Greater Minnesota to have AVL dispatching and vehicle communications technology on Dial-a-Ride fleet.
• Implemented a successful Community Outreach and Travel Training Program funded by a Federal New Freedom grant.