Transportation

For Groups

Courses with an academic civic engagement component may apply for funding assistance for transporting students.  Contact Alyssa Herzog Melby at x2184 for more information.

St. Olaf vans – for groups of less than 15 (vans seat 7-8)
Northfield Lines – for groups of 15 or more (ask about funding from the ACE Program)

First Choice Shuttle (in Northfield to stops not served by the bus lines or for small groups to other towns in SE Minnesota)

For Individuals

Oles-Go
Green Bikes

First Choice Shuttle

Hiawathaland Transit

Standard Bus Route
Northfield Express
Dial-a-ride

How does it work?

St. Olaf vans – To reserve a vehicle, Email Buntrock Commons Scheduling Office.  Anyone driving a college vehicle must be at least 20 years old, must be on the approved drivers list, which includes passing a motor-vehicle background check and maintaining the online Alert Driver safety training program certification that must be renewed every two years. Those interested in the training must fill out a request to complete the training by Wednesday each week, the day background checks are completed and logins to the training are distributed to those that submit the request.

Northfield Lines offers charter bus services.  The Academic Civic Engagement office offers logistical and support to help arrange buses for larger groups to go on civic engagement trips further afield or within Northfield.  Contact our office to ask about funding for ACE class trips.

Oles-Go offers daytime transportation for students to get to volunteer, medical appointments, pharmacy trips, or work locally. It will be a mini-van that follows a route.  Some route deviations available upon request.  The driver will take a lunch break between 12:30 and 1:30pm. The only stop at St, Olaf is the circle drive of Buntrock Commons.

Green Bikes are free bikes that can be checked out and borrowed for the day.  Bikes are checked out from the Rolvaag Library circulation desk.

First Choice Shuttle is an inexpensive taxi service offering rides in Northfield, to Faribault, and to many other towns throughout Southeastern Minnesota (also, to the airport).  They have 6-person passenger vans available.

Hiawathaland Transit offers three options to locations within the city limits of Northfield: a bus with two regular routes for the general public, an express bus with limited stops (Northfield Express), and a Dial-a-ride service. The regular route bus follows a set route, but route deviations are available on a case-by-case basis by using the Dial-a-ride service.

Standard Bus Route (blue and red routes)

– Students can pick up free tokens for the regular routes at the Buntrock Information Desk. Limit 2 per student ID. If more than 2 are needed, they can be purchased at the Bookstore.  Free tokens are NOT for the Dial-a-Ride service.  Operates until 6 pm.
Map for Blue and Red routes
– $1.25 per ride, or get free token, available at the St. Olaf Bookstore

Northfield Express (green route)

– Free with a Student ID from St. Olaf or Carleton
– Bus stops include St. Olaf (Buntrock Commons), Carleton (Wiley Hall), Just Food Co-Op, Cub/Target, and El Tequila/Culvers.
– Only available during the academic year (first week of September through first week of June)
– Operates daily: Monday-Saturday, 4pm-11pm and Sunday, 1pm-4pm.
– No service on certain holidays and during breaks (check their website for dates)

Dial-a-Ride is a service of Northfield Transit.  This service provides curb-to-curb rides within the city limits. The cost is $1.75 for a ride, and the driver does not have the ability to make change.  Fare tokens are available and sold in packs of ten at Cub Foods, EconoFoods and City Hall. A 2-hour advance reservation is ideally required for “Dial-a-ride” service.  Operates daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.