How we get around in Minnesota

Minnesota, like the rest of America, is a car culture. Easy assumptions about getting around stop there.

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  1. Join a live chat today at noon: Getting There will look at transit in Greater Minnesota. We'll have folks from rural transit systems, MnDOT and more, so make a comment, ask a question or just sit back and enjoy the ride.

    Take a look at our special coverage which examines increasing demands, higher costs and tight government money.
  2. What is your Minnesota transportation experience like? We asked our Public Insight Network, here's what some of our sources had to say.
  3. Mankato
  4. Kari   Lawrence, Mankato
    Q: How many miles do you travel during a typical week? 
    A: 60
    Q: What is your primary mode of transportation? 
    A: Public transportation
    Q: Is there an alternative method of travel that you use regularly? 
    A: Sometimes I have to use a cab if the bus schedule doesn't match my work schedule
    Q: Is it easy for you and others to get around your community? 
    A: For the most part, yes.Q: What improvements are needed to your community transportation network? How urgent are they? 
    A: Later bus service to accomadate shopping, errands, etc. after work would be helpful.

    Take a ride on the Mankato bus.
  5. Ride Greater Mankato Transit System Route 6 (2003 Blue Bird 848)
  6. Gerald   Myking, North Mankato
    Q: How many miles do you travel during a typical week? 
    A: 50-150
    Q: What is your primary mode of transportation? 
    A: My car or truck
    Q: Is there an alternative method of travel that you use regularly? 
    A: Actually we have just moved to be closer to work and retail areas giving us the opportunity to walk or ride bike.
    Q: Is it easy for you and others to get around your community? 
    A: We have a some what limited bus system. Cabs are readily available but expensive.
    Q: What improvements are needed to your community transportation network? How urgent are they? 
    A: I think for the size of our area our transportation system is adequit.
  7. Rochester
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  9. Carol   Berteotti , Rochester
    Q: How many miles do you travel during a typical week? 
    A: 140
    Q: What is your primary mode of transportation? 
    A: My car or truck
    Q: Is there an alternative method of travel that you use regularly? 
    A: no--wish there were!
    Q: Is it easy for you and others to get around your community? 
    A: Not really--busses stop too early so people can't go to community events. This also makes it hard for people working in the later shifts.
    Q: What improvements are needed to your community transportation network? How urgent are they? 
    A: Better, longer mass transit hours. Very urgent for work and for community engagement.
  10. Andrea Lorek   Strauss , Rochester
    Q: How many miles do you travel during a typical week? 
    A: 75-100
    Q: What is your primary mode of transportation? 
    A: My car or truck
    Q: Is it easy for you and others to get around your community? 
    A: I WISH I could use public transportation, but can't afford the 2 hours it would take to use the bus to and from work. A couple times a month I commute from Rochester to the St Paul campus of the U of M. I wish there was ANY sort of economical public transportation I could use instead of driving...ie. high speed rail!
    Q: What improvements are needed to your community transportation network? How urgent are they? 
    A: High speed rail between Rochester and St Paul/U of M! Faster/more efficient bus service around town in Rochester so I could reasonably use the bus to get to work.
  11. Highway Tour of Rochester, MN
  12. April   Sutor, Rochester
    Q: How many miles do you travel during a typical week? 
    A: 50
    Q: What is your primary mode of transportation? 
    A: Walk or bike
    Q: Is there an alternative method of travel that you use regularly? 
    A: on occasion I drive
    Q: Is it easy for you and others to get around your community? 
    A: depends, if you rely on the bus--not so much. If you bike--yes if you don't mind the traffic, yes if you drive
    Q: What improvements are needed to your community transportation network? How urgent are they? 
    A: biking is tough through the down town area--no bike lanes, no bike signage, outskirts of town--limited bike access
  13. The Olmsted County Journal has a video of a Rochester bike trail accompanied by some seriously epic music. 
  14. New Bridge Section & Trail
  15. Amna   Quereshi, Rochester
    Q: How many miles do you travel during a typical week? 
    A: 120
    Q: What is your primary mode of transportation? 
    A: Walk or bike
    Q: Is there an alternative method of travel that you use regularly? 
    A: I drive if the distance is longer than 4 miles or if the weather is bad. I drive perhaps once per week between either Rochester and Minneapolis, or between Rochester and Chatfield.
    Q: Is it easy for you and others to get around your community? 
    A: Yes. My daily method of transport is usually walking or biking, which works pretty well in this community. And it was easy to choose to live close enough to commute by walking. Public transportation is also not bad, though kind of infrequent.
  16. Rebecca   Murray, Rochester
    Q: How many miles do you travel during a typical week? 
    A: 30
    Q: What is your primary mode of transportation? 
    A: My car or truck
    Q: Is there an alternative method of travel that you use regularly? 
    A: When I'm working, I take the city bus. I have a "seasonal job" (I give flu shots), so I don't work year round.
    Q: Is it easy for you and others to get around your community? 
    A: Yes, very easy. Parking is the greater issue at work. Hence the bus.
    Q: What improvements are needed to your community transportation network? How urgent are they? 
    A: Things work pretty effectively as they are. My employer pays for my bus fare, so other than losing a little time working around the bus schedule, I couldn't ask for it to be any better.
  17. Winona
  18. Looking up Pleasant Valley
  19. John   Finn, Winona
    Q: How many miles do you travel during a typical week? 
    A: 450
    Q: Is there an alternative method of travel that you use regularly? 
    A: Bicycle to work almost always, all year.
    Q: Is it easy for you and others to get around your community? 
    A: Yes, for me. For others if able to walk, bicycle, or own a reliable motor vehicle.
    Q: What improvements are needed to your community transportation network? How urgent are they? 
    A: Transit service on weekends and evenings. Not urgent because most residents have become used to doing without it and would not really expect it to come into being.
  20. Duluth
  21. If Google Street View was a video narrated by a guy in a truck headed through Duluth up to Canada listening to talk radio and books on tape, it would be a lot like this.
  22. Ride Up Highway 61 Duluth MN Into Canada
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