From our home in America’s heartland, we connect people with places. Our transportation company provides scheduled service and a full range of group travel services. We earn our customer’s business by understanding what they value and require when traveling with us. Then we provide service that exceeds their expectations.
SERVING: Fargo, Moorehead and West Fargo
Metro Area Transit (MAT) operates Monday through Saturday, offering 25 routes to provide you with affordable, quality transportation. All buses are wheelchair-accessible.
Special User Card Renewal: All passengers who receive discounted fares on MAT fixed route due to age or disability will need to complete a short renewal form. Forms are available through the MAT drivers, GTC Dispatch and the Transit Administrative Offices. Please complete the renewal form prior to June 1, 2010. Click here for a printable version of the renewal form.
Passengers who have a Special User Card for MAT Paratransit, the door-to-door transportation, will be receiving a recertification letter in the mail within the next few weeks.
Token Retirement: MAT will retire bus tokens and discontinue their usage on January 1, 2011. Passengers will be able to use their current inventory of tokens through December 31, 2010. Any tokens must be used by this date; any remaining tokens will not be exchanged and no monetary refunds will be given. On February 1, 2010, MAT discontinued the sale of tokens and began selling single-ride tickets, in packets of 20, in place of tokens. For more information, click HERE (.PDF).
MAT Completes Farebox Conversion: MAT has installed new fareboxes on all of its fixed route buses. The former MAT passes will no longer be accepted on any bus – passengers need to exchange any old transit passes for new MAT passes. Any remaining time or rides will be transferred onto new passes.
SERVING: RED LAKE NATION
Open to the public, Red Lake Transit provides door to door transportation on the Red Lake Reservation everyday and to Bemidji on Tuesdays and Fridays. Children 5 years old and younger are not allowed to ride unsupervised. Call for a ride at least 1 hour ahead of time. Costs are $1.00 for adults, 50 cents for elders 55 and older, 50 cents for students, children 5 years and younger ride free.
Senior Volunteer Support Services:
Volunteers provide services such as grocery shopping assistance and local transportation for medical or other pre-approved appointments. (We are unable to provide MA Medical Transportation) Services are billed on a sliding fee scale. Requests must be made 3-5 days before the need.
Homemaking and Chore Services:
Homemakers provide light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry assistance, and shopping as needed. Services available through county alternative care or elderly waiver, long term care insurance, and private pay basis.
7 days a week 24 hours per day based on availability. Certified nursing assistants or qualified volunteers provide relief for the primary caregivers of persons who are chronically ill or living with a disability. There must be an identified primary caregiver to qualify for this service. Respite care is available through county alternative care or elderly waiver, long term care insurance and also on a private pay basis on a sliding fee scale.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers:
An evidence based series of six week educational classes focusing on the needs of the caregiver, or family and friends who are caring for older adults, suffering from stroke, Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s disease or similar long term conditions. The class provides skills and confidence to better care for yourself while caring for others.
Caregiver Coaching and Assessment:
Providing education and emotional support to caregivers. The support group provides an opportunity for caregivers to say what they are feeing in a supportive environment while learning new strategies and resources in our community.
Caregiver Support Group:
The primary purpose of the Caregiver Support Group is to provide education and emotional support to caregivers. The support group provides an opportunity for caregivers to say what they are feeling in a supportive environment while learning new strategies and resources in our community.
Aging Life Care Management:
A holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with individuals, elders and families, the expertise of Aging Life Care Professionals provides the answers at a time of uncertainty through: Assessment and Service Coordination; Planning and Problem-Solving, Education and Advocacy; Family Caregiver Coaching.
ACT on Alzheimer’s:
A national program designed to create dementia friendly communities that involves: 1) Raising awareness of Alzheimer’s, 2) Transforming attitudes, 3) Moving people to action, and 4) Supporting family and friend caregivers by providing accessible information, resources, and in-person support. There are multiple options and a variety of services and package plans. Contact us to inquire about specific costs and to find out if you are eligible to receive a reduced rate.
Faith in Action is a non-profit, volunteer driven, organization serving people in need throughout Cass County, Minnesota.
Faith in Action Volunteers provide non-medical, neighborly assistance to older adults, adults with disabilities, and others experiencing difficult circumstances. Volunteers lend a hand, help make connections, and give peace of mind.
If you or your family member are having trouble sustaining independent living due to age, health, difficult circumstances, or lack of resources, give us a call today.
Everyone qualifies! There are no age or income restrictions.
Cass County residents 60 years old or better: service of last resort.
Safe, reliable transportation for the public as well as contracting with other agencies that need transportation services. We work with Veteran’s Services, Community Education, and DAC, Social Services and others. Connections to Jefferson Bus Lines and the Executive Shuttle to Minneapolis Airport.
Heartland Express Park Rapids City Bus: 218-732-3500 (City only)
SERVING: Becker County
Anyone Can Ride: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
We will provide DOOR-TO-DOOR service to passengers with special needs. This means we will come to the door of your residence to assist you into our vehicle. (You must be at your door and ready to go).
Wheel Chair and Mobility Aid Securement
All wheelchairs and electronic scooters shall face the front of the bus. Handicapped riders are encouraged to transfer from mobility aid to bus seat if possible. If the rider remains in wheelchair, wheelchair will be secured with securement device and seat belts available on our vehicles. Riders using walkers or having problems can utilize the electric lift to access bus if they wish (ask driver). Stairways-Drivers will only negotiate one step when assisting rider in wheelchair. Household wheelchair ramps shall be inspected by transit supervisor before use.
Schedule your appointments a day or two ahead of time.
Don’t be a “No Show.” Call us if your plans have changed.
Let the Dispatcher know if you have special needs.
Be aware that our buses will only wait three minutes at each stop before moving on to next pick-up.
Be aware that our buses will not wait at your stop but must move on to the next rider right away.
Riders who live more than 5 miles out of Detroit Lakes should give us one day’s advance notice for ride.
Do not make ride arrangements with the drivers. Please call our dispatcher.
All riders are charged the same fare.
The Transit fare is $1.50 per 5-mile increment, i.e., Audubon $3.00, Frazee $4.50.
Escorts assisting disabled riders are not required to pay. No fare is required for children in car seats.
For information regarding commuter transit routes between Detroit Lakes and Fargo, please visit: Clay County Rural Transit.
Transit Alternatives- Providing Transit Services to OtterTail, Rural Clay Counties, Wilken, and now Fargo/Moorhead
Transit Alternatives is a public transportation system with handicapped accessible buses available to certain areas of OtterTail, Wilken, and Clay counties. Curb to curb services are offered with special care given to children and seniors. Services for users with three and four wheeled mobility aids are available.
We recommend reserving your ride two days in advance, but last minute trips can often be accommodated as well. Professional drivers are trained in CPR, First Aid, Passenger Assistance, and Defensive Driving. Our friendly drivers will assist passengers with a steadying arm and are glad to help with small packages.
Please contact our dispatcher for ride and fare information.
New Route to Fargo/Moorhead information
Shopko- Fergus Falls: Arrive 5:34 am Depart 5:37 am One way: $5.00
WalMart- Fergus Falls: Arrive 5:45 am, Depart 5:48 am- $5.00
Rothsay Truck Stop: Arrive 6.05 am, Depart 6:08 am- $3.50
Cenex- Barnesville: Arrive 6:24 am, Depart 6:27 am- $3.00
St.Cecilia’s Church- Sabine Arrive 6:45 am
Ground Transportation Center- Fargo: Arrive at 6:58 am, depart at 7:07 to return to Fergus Falls.
Bus will depart Ground Transportation Center at 5:07 pm in the afternoon to return people home.
For more information please call 866-998-3002
See Transit Information button for Sunday Route Map!
To schedule a pick-up, call Transit Alternatives at one of the following numbers:
Toll Free: 866-998-3002
Core services included: Transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, or other errands; light housekeeping on an occasional basis, minor handyman services, friendly visits and phone calls, ramp building, and respite care. Other services include: Geriatric Care Management, respite care, and caregiver discussion groups.
Paul Bunyan Transit provides public transportation for Beltrami County and the city of Bemidji. Roseau County the cities of Roseau and Warroad. Lake of the Woods County and Baudette. We are now one system to better serve you, the passenger. Our Service Area in Bemidji is a 10 mile radius of City Hall. In the Roseau and Warroad communities the Service Area is a 4 mile radius of the center of each town. In Baudette we provide service to the Lakes Road and to the Clementson area.
Paul Bunyan Transit provides rides in the Summer from June thru August at no change for K-12 Students in Bemidji, Baudette, Roseau and Warroad. Call our Dispatchers to see if you are in the Service Area to provide transportation to your Summer Activities.
Cost to Ride in Bemidji
|Adult||Child 3-9 yrs old||Less than 3 yrs|
(*If accompanied by an adult; otherwise regular rates apply)
Each additional stop will cost an additional fare.
Exact fare is required. Drivers do not make change.
Bus Passes in Bemidji
Bus passes may be purchased from the bus driver or at 706 Railroad Street SE, for the following rates:
|Rides for work only during the month the pass is purchased.||10 rides for the general public.||10 rides for senior citizens (60 years of age and older).|
* If you are purchasing passes at our office, please call in advance to let us know you will be coming.
Also, when you call, please let us know if you will be needing a receipt.
Routes to Waskish Areas
Rides from Waskish, Kelliher, Blackduck, Tenstrike and Turtle River to Bemidji are available the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month.
These routes leave in the morning to pick up passengers and return to Bemidji. Return trips to these areas leave Bemidji in the afternoon. Please call to reserve your spot by Wednesday of that week.
Cost per person:
Volunteer Driver Program
The Volunteer Driver Program provides safe, reliable transportation to individuals who are on assistance or have needs that can not be met by our public transit systems. Paul Bunyan Transit works in cooperation with Beltrami County, MNDOT and private pay individuals to transport customers to doctor’s appointments, clinics, treatment centers and home visits. Each year, our volunteer drivers travel over 300,000 miles while providing this valuable service.
We are the ticket agent for Jefferson Lines. The ticket agent hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-2:00pm. No tickets sales are available on Saturday or Sunday. If you have questions or wish to buy a ticket please call 218-751-8765 (Ext 1 then 3). If no one answers, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
The Holiday Station in Bemidji is the pickup and drop off site for Jefferson Lines Buses.
Jefferson Lines Bus goes to Minneapolis Daily (Sunday-Saturday) Leaving the Holiday Station at 11:30 am.
Jefferson Lines Bus goes to Fargo Daily (Sunday-Saturday) Leaving the Holiday Station at 4:40 pm.
SERVING: Koochiching, Itasca, St. Louis, Carlton, Aitkin, Lake and Cook Counties
Go to the Arrowhead Transit website: http://arrowheadtransit.com/contact/
for detailed information on what services are available in each county, costs, hours, and details for each community served.
Location of offices and garage
1001 S Broadway St
SEE Arrowhead Transit
Every first & third Friday, Arrowhead Transit takes a bus to the Miller Hill Mall in Duluth. As of Jan 1, 2017, the cost is $10 for a round trip. Please call no later than noon on Thursday to make your reservation. 800-862-0175, option 4.
Save a bunch of money! Get an unlimited monthly pass for the Grand Rapid’s Dial-A-Ride for $32.50. Available through your dispatcher.
Bus Schedules by Location
Click on a community below to view its schedule:
Dial-A-Ride – 800-862-0175 option 4
- Monday through Friday – 7 am to 8 pm
- Saturday – 9 am to 5 pm
- Sunday – 8 am to 2 pm
Please call at least an hour in advance to schedule a pick up time and specific drop off site. The dispatcher will ask for:
- Name and phone number.
- Time and exact location of pickup.
- Destination address. (where you want to go)
- Number of people traveling with you.
- The exact time of any appointments.
- Return trip information.
Lakes MediVan offers non-emergency, door through door transportation by handicap van with with wheelchiar and strecher capablilty. The vans travel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as far as needed, including out of state. Medi-Van® serves 200 mile radius of Detroit Lakes. We have many local drivers in outlying towns who work for us. Reach us today to know if we serve your area. All charges are MA billable with approval from MA. 24 hour advanced notice is preferred.
A faith-based community of people who assist individuals and families in the surrounding communities by providing a facility to house services that meet spiritual, emotional, physical and education of the people. Services include, but are not limited to: Adult Day Services for seniors, After School programming for youth, Recovery support, CD Support, Grief Support, CD and mental health counseling and coaching, Anger Management, and access to a local thrift shop.
Also, Gonvick site: 226 Elm St, Gonvick, MN 56644