How to Ride


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HOW DO I GET A RIDE?

The easiest way to get started is to call us. Then you can tell one of our transit experts where you’re starting and where you want to go. You’ll get personalized trip information, including schedule times and fare information. Ask the representative where to wait for your bus, or schedule Dial-A-Ride and we’ll pick you up at your location.

Be sure to get to the stop five minutes early. When the bus approaches, signal for it to stop. If the bus is the one you want, just hop on.

You can browse our Public Bus service by service area, or by selecting your location to explore our routes and schedules.

LOCATIONS:

Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, and Stearns counties along with the cities of Albany, Sauk Centre, Melrose, Paynesville, Little Falls, Big Lake, and Elk River

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Call for more info 888-765-5597 or 320-251-1612

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND HOW DO I PAY?

As you get on the bus, put your fare in the fare box next to the driver. Fare boxes accept tokens, cash or checks. Riders are expected to have exact fare as Tri-CAP drivers cannot make change or give credit for overpayment.

FARES:

ADVANCED RESERVATION CITY (RESERVATION MADE 24+ HOURS IN ADVANCE):  $1.25 One Way (or 1 white token)

ADVANCED RESERVATION RURAL (RESERVATION MADE 24+ HOURS IN ADVANCE):  $3.00 One Way (or 1 black token.)

SAME DAY RESERVATION CITY:  $2.00 One Way (or 2 white tokens)

SAME DAY RESERVATION RURAL: $3.75 One Way (or 1 black + 1 white token)

NOTE: All schedules are subject to change. Call ahead for updated information and reservations.

WHAT ARE THE RULES ON THE BUS?

If you’re traveling with children, make sure they stay seated for the whole trip. Fold strollers and keep them out of the way. Don’t smoke (including e-cigarettes), eat or listen to electronics without headphones. Finally, the aisle-facing seats in front are for seniors or riders with special needs. If the bus is full, please give your seat to a senior or a person with disabilities.

Read our Transportation Service Policy

WHAT ITEMS CAN I BRING ON THE BUS?

These items are allowed on the bus:

  • Strollers
  • Wheelchairs/walkers
  • Suitcases

These items are not allowed:

  • Food
  • Beverages in uncovered containers
  • Alcohol


SAFETY ON AND AROUND THE BUS

Be alert around buses so everyone can arrive safely. Here are some safety tips:

  • Never, ever run after or alongside a moving bus once it has left its stop. Play it safe and wait for the next one.
  • If you bike-n-ride, always approach the bike rack from the curb. Get more safe bicycling tips.
  • Never assume a bus driver sees you. Lampposts, newsstands and double-parked vehicles can obscure the driver’s view. Also, it’s good to make yourself visible to an approaching bus, especially during dark mornings or evenings. Signal your presence by wearing reflective clothing or carrying a small blinker light or flashlight.
  • Don’t cross the street in front of a bus unless it is stopped at a traffic light. Use caution and look both ways when walking past the front of the bus to cross a lane of traffic.
  • Don’t cross the street between parked cars.
  • When you walk between parked cars into traffic, you might not be visible to drivers.
  • Wait for your bus on the sidewalk away from the curb and make sure it stops before approaching it.
  • Don’t let children play near buses; pushing and shoving can cause accidents. Please hold your child’s hand when a bus approaches.

 

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