HiawathaLand Express Bus

** NEW 2018 **

The Express Bus will have different hours and routes to start the academic year.  (Please refer to the letter from the Director of Transportation at Three Rivers, below, to explain.)

There are reduced hours, but the route has expanded to include Aldi and Cinema 10.

  • St. Olaf is not responsible for students that miss the final returning bus because of a movie schedule or any other reason.  Please make movie choices that fit in the bus schedule.

We apologize for the reduced hours, and hope that the situation will be resolved soon.

Starting on Sept. 6:

  • Monday-Friday: 5-9pm
  • Saturday: 5 – 9pm
  • Sunday: 3-6pm
  • Free with St. Olaf ID.
  • A public route, may have ticket-purchasing customers riding also.
  • Designated pickup/drop off locations on campus are:
    • St. Olaf: Buntrock Commons
    • Carleton: Willis Hall

No service: 

  • November 22 & 23
  • December 20, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019

 

 

 

 

LOCAL EXPRESS ROUTE
Monday – Friday: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday: 5pm-9pm

St. Olaf

Carleton

Food Co-op

Express Care Clinic

Cub/Target

Aldi

Cinema 10

El Tequila

Food Co-op

Carleton

St. Olaf

5:00

5:07

5:12

5:13

5:20

5:26

5:32

5:38

5:41

5:49

5:55

6:00

6:07

6:12

6:13

6:20

6:26

6:32

6:38

6:41

6:49

6:55

7:00

7:07

7:12

7:13

7:20

7:26

7:32

7:38

7:41

7:49

7:55

8:00

8:07

8:12

8:13

8:20

8:26

8:32

8:38

8:41

8:49

8:55

LOCAL EXPRESS ROUTE
Sunday: 3pm-6pm

St. Olaf

Carleton

Food Co-op

Express Care Clinic

Cub/Target

Aldi

Cinema 10

El Tequila

Food Co-op

Carleton

St. Olaf

3:00

3:07

3:12

3:13

3:20

3:26

3:38

3:41

3:49

3:55

4:00

4:07

4:12

4:13

4:20

4:26

4:38

4:41

4:49

4:55

5:00

5:07

5:12

5:13

5:20

5:26

5:38

5:41

5:49

5:55

Here are the physical address of the locations:

  1. St. Olaf College:  Buntrock Commons, 1520 St. Olaf Ave, Northfield, MN 55057
  2. Carleton College:  1 College St N, Northfield, MN 55057
  3. Food Co-op:  516 Water St S, Northfield, MN 55057
  4. Express Care Clinic:  706 Division St S, Northfield MN, 55057
  5. Cub Foods/Target:  2323 Highway 3 S, Northfield, MN 55057
  6. Aldi:  611 N Stafford Rd, Dundas, MN 55019
  7. Cinema 10:  404 Schilling Dr, Dundas, MN 55019
  8. El Tequila:  1010 Highway 3 S, Northfield, MN 55057


The leadership team at Three Rivers has exhausted all options to ensure the community of Northfield, including the colleges, have the required transportation.  We talked to MNDot to review max hours we can have an employee operating a bus, discussed moving drivers from other towns, reviewed stats and active contracts to see if adjustments could be made to the current routes and dial-a-rides, and contacted 3rd party busing companies and temp agencies for availability.

The problem is a severe driver shortage and with the FTA regulations we can’t have the few drivers we have working too many hours, so we have to make decisions based on demand for service.  The solution is to operate a modified Express route.  Hiawathaland Transit will continue to operate its blue and red routes and the AM and daily dial-a-ride services in Northfield.  We have requested and received approval from MNDot to suspend the Northfield PM dial-a-ride service and in its place operate the Express route from 6p-9p M-F, 5p-9p Sat, and 3p-6p Sun.  This service will start as contracted on Sept 6, 2018.

We will continue to review as drivers are hired and trained and will work with you to increase the serviceable transit hours.  Thank you,  TRACY HOLGUIN, Director of Transportation