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[3 Videos/Audio] Heartland Express Coming to Pine and Kanabec Counties

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

It’s official, the Heartland Express transit service is coming to both Pine and Kanabec counties. Minnesota Department of Transportation Program Planning Director, Tom Gottfried, made the announcement, Thursday afternoon.


Hear Gottfried:

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Gottfried took part in the Heartland Express’ grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for their new transit center and bus shelters in Cambridge. He says four or five buses will service each Pine and Kanabec counties. Heartland Express Director, Jackie Forner, says bringing service to two more counties means greater opportunities for local residents.

Hear Forner’s Comments:

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The Heartland Express will hold another ceremony in Braham, on Friday, October 17th for a new bus transfer stop that will service Pine and Kanabec County residents.

The transit bus service, which was later named the Heartland Express, purchased its first bus in 1989. It was 16 passenger bus with two wheelchair positions. Now, Heartland Express has over 62,000 passengers a year on nine daily bus routes and over 2,000 passengers a year by volunteer drivers.

The new transit center is the old Cambridge Fire Hall. In 2004, Congressman Jim Oberstar earmarked over $485,000 for the remodeling project.

Tom Gottfried

Sen. Rick Olseen

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