News & Events

Metro Bus seeks volunteers to serve on new advisory committee

ST. CLOUD (10/1/14) — St. Cloud Metro Bus is seeking applicants for its new Rider Advisory Committee (RAC).

The purpose of this eight-member volunteer committee is to provide feedback and recommendations for improving operational or service issues affecting Metro Bus riders. Members also will have input on the organization’s upcoming long-range transit plan update.

Meetings will typically be held monthly at the Metro Bus Mobility Training Center located in downtown St. Cloud, with the first meeting to be held before the end of the year.

“Our goal is to be the best public transportation system we can be,” said Ryan I. Daniel, Metro Bus Executive Director. “Engaging our customers and the public through this advisory committee will help us achieve this goal.”

The application deadline is Friday, October 31. Riders and non-riders are encouraged to apply. Applications and more information is available by clicking on this link, or at the Metro Bus Mobility Training Center, 700 W. St. Germain, St. Cloud, or by calling 320.529.4497. 


 

Metro Bus driver named Minnesota Bus Operator of the Year 

ST. CLOUD (9/19/14) — The Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA) named Metro Bus driver Jerry Gillman Minnesota Bus Operator of the Year at its annual conference last week, this year held in St. Paul.
 
Gillman has worked as a Dial-a-Ride Driver for St. Cloud Metro Bus since 1999. He also serves as a Driver Instructor and Teamsters Local 638 Union Steward representing Dial-a-Ride bus operators and dispatchers.
 

Gillman is the second Metro Bus driver receive this award since its inception.

MPTA presents the Minnesota Bus Operator of the Year award to an individual who has consistently demonstrated high levels of achievement in all aspects of their performance including attendance, safety, customer service, leadership, and commitment to the organization. Overall contributions made by this driver have significantly improved the organization in which they work and the lives of the public transit customers they serve.



 

Metro Bus plans food drive for July 23 at Summertime by George!

ST. CLOUD (7/22/14) — Metro Bus is hosting a community food drive from 5-9 pm Wednesday, July 23 at Summertime by George! outdoor music festival. The food drive will benefit Catholic Charities Emergency Services and they Salvation Army food shelves. 

Cash donations received are eligible for a matching grant, up to $5,000 for each food shelf, from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless.

Cash or non-perishable donations may be brought to the New Compressed Natural Gas New Flyer Metro Bus on the grounds of Summertime by George!.

Metro Bus and Townsquare Media are hosting this event with the support of New Flyer, Royal Tire, Mahowald Insurance and Bernick’s Pepsi as food drive business partners for this event.


Metro Bus named Urban Community Transportation System of the Year

Photo of CTAA awardST. CLOUD (6/14/14) — At an awards ceremony Wednesday morning, the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) named St. Cloud Metro Bus “2014 Urban Transportation System of the Year.” The ceremony was part of its annual conference, this year held in St. Paul. This is the first time a Minnesota system has received this honor.

“Metro Bus is honored to receive this national recognition,” said Ryan I. Daniel, Metro Bus Executive Director. “This accomplishment would not have been possible without the dedication of our staff. From bus drivers to mechanics and fuelers, dispatchers, travel trainers and administration — everyone plays a role in providing this award-winning service.”

“Our 2014 Urban Transportation System of the Year has a record of community service and responsiveness that few can match,” said award presenter and CTAA Board Member Dan Dirks. “Few urban operators have shown a greater commitment to passengers with disabilities and local senior citizens.”

The Urban Community Transportation System of the Year is awarded to systems that provide service in an urban area of more than 50,000 population.

It recognizes a community transportation system for:

  • Innovative and creative services in the community
  • Being responsive to its customers’ and community needs
  • Actively coordinating and collaborating with other public and special services transportation
  • Effectively helps the community accomplish their goals
  • Creates partnerships with a wide-range of organizations, both public and private
  • Providing accessible transportation service
  • Building transportation alternatives that are intended to meet a wide range of the communities’ needs

Every year, the CTAA recognizes the remarkable work done by community transportation by honoring transportation systems and managers for their commitment to their community, novel approaches, innovative concepts and creative solutions. More information about CTAA is available at www.ctaa.org.



 

Metro Bus brings back the summer trolley

ST. CLOUD (6/4/14) — Starting today, the St. Cloud Trolley provides free rides Wednesday-Saturday through August 30.

The trolley will run Wednesdays 11 am- 5 pm and a special evening route 5-9:25 pm for the Summertime by George! festival, and Thursdays-Saturdays 11 am – 7 pm.

Along with the Summertime by George! service, this year’s trolley schedule includes a 10-minute loop downtown and an alternating 20-minute loop to Munsinger & Clemens Gardens, St. Cloud State University and Lake George.   

“Metro Bus is excited to respond to the community’s request to bring back the free summer trolley,” said Ryan Daniel, Metro Bus Executive Director. “We are able to do this with help from local business sponsors.”

This year’s trolley is sponsored by Metro Bus, CapitalOne 360, Quinlivan & Hughes Attorneys at Law, Green Mill and Kelly Inn.

Look for the special trolley bus stops along the route. Click here for routes schedule and map PDF



U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar to speak at Metro Bus event on Friday, May 16, event start time changed to 10:30 am

ST. CLOUD (5/14/14)– Metro Bus will unveil its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility and new CNG buses at a special ribbon-cutting event at 10:30 am Friday, May 16. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be a featured speaker at Friday’s event.

Sen. Klobuchar helped present Metro Bus with the $3.35 million U.S. Department of Transportation Clean Fuels grant with former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in 2012.

Metro Bus is opening the state’s first public transit compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility. CNG will be used as the primary fuel source for its new bus fleet.

This event celebrates the opening of the fueling station and delivery of 23-New Flyer Xcelsior CNG buses and recognizes its project partners. See project description.

 


 

Metro Bus to Increase Service in West St. Cloud, Waite Park

ST. CLOUD (4/24/14) — Effective May 11, Metro Bus Route 34 will be replaced by an expanded Route 3.

Merging Route 34 with Route 3 allows Metro Bus to provide the former Route 34 area full bus service seven days a week, with runs as frequent as every 30 minutes during peak service. The expanded Route 3 will now provide full bus service to Bel Clare Estates and Quarry Park, as well.

Route 34 previously provided limited weekday service between Crossroads Center, Stearns County Service Center and Tri-CAP, and was funded through a cost-sharing agreement between the county, Tri-CAP and Metro Bus. As part of Route 3, this service is now included in regular Metro Bus operations.

Bel Clare Estates became part of the Metro Bus service area when it was annexed into the city of Waite Park in 2012.

“We think residents will truly benefit from this added service,” said Ryan Daniel, Metro Bus Executive Director. “Bel Clare residents will be able to access the entire public transit system. Metro Bus can be used to visit Quarry Park, and access to Tri-CAP and the Stearns County Service Center is improved.”

See Rider Handout    See New Route 3 Schedule, effective 5/11/14 


New Metro Bus Fares Effective May 4

ST. CLOUD (4/16/14) — Last night the Metro Bus Board of Commissioners approved the new fares after obtaining feedback at the public hearing. The initial rate changes will take effect May 4.

New fares effective May 4, 2014: Fixed Route Cash fares....$1.25 Transfers...Free 10 Tokens/10-Ride Pass...$10.50 1-Day Pass...$4.25 7-Day Pass...$17 31-Day Pass...$47   Dial-a-Ride Cash Fare...$2.50 10 Ride Pass...$25.00 31-Day All Service Pass...$75The new rates eliminate the transfer fee, which results in an overall fare reduction for cash paying customers who previously paid $1.35 when they needed two routes to complete their trip.

It also freezes cash fares for two years and splits the increase for passes between those years.

The last fare increase was in 2012. New fares effective May 4, 2014
  

 

 

 

Share feedback for public meetings

Interested citizens and agencies are invited to share comments at the meeting or in writing prior to the meeting. Mail written comments to: Metro Bus, 665 Franklin Ave. NE, St. Cloud, MN 56304. Comments also can be e-mailed to info@stcloudmtc.com. 
 

Special needs for public meetings

Accommodations will be made to enable people with special needs to participate in the meeting. Please contact Metro Bus early at 320.251.1499 or info@stcloudmtc.com to make arrangements.

Metro Bus operates 7 days a week

There is no service on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Service ends early on Christmas Eve.

Not all routes operate 7 days a week view individual route schedules for exact times of service.


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