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July 31, 2016
Transit merger with Meeker County goes into effect Monday
It might be hard to spot what's different today as Meeker Public Transit buses gear up for another typical day. The buses will be the same, the routes will be the same, the fares will cost the same. Even the drivers will almost all be the same. A smooth transition for riders is anticipated...
July 31, 2016 - 7:57pm
July 8, 2016
Many steps remain to complete Central Community Transit merger by Aug. 1
WILLMAR—With less than a month to go before the merger of Central Community Transit and Meeker Public Transit, work is ongoing behind the scenes to formally bring the two organizations together. The merger, which becomes official Aug. 1, is expected to be seamless for riders....
July 8, 2016 - 12:11am
April 30, 2016
Central Community Transit merger with Meeker County to take effect Aug. 1
WILLMAR — A merger between Central Community Transit and Meeker County will officially take effect Aug. 1. The implementation date, chosen Friday by the CCT joint powers board, is one of numerous steps being taken as the transit service prepares to bring Meeker County under the...
April 30, 2016 - 12:03am
April 3, 2016
Business presses GOP transit critics
ST.PAUL — It’s easy to find critics of mass transit among Republican lawmakers at the Capitol. “I believe additional transit is not needed,” said Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa and a member of the House Transportation Committee. “The need is in roads and bridges.” House...
April 3, 2016 - 11:30pm
March 19, 2016
Consensus reached on transit merger for Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville counties
WILLMAR — Elected officials in Kandiyohi, Meeker and Renville counties have reached a consensus on a joint powers agreement to merge their public transit systems. Formal approval from all the entities and a legal review are still needed before the new agreement becomes final. ...
March 19, 2016 - 12:10am
March 14, 2016
Greater Minnesota eyes transportation funding debate
ST. PAUL — Greater Minnesota has lots at stake in a legislative transportation funding debate. Senate Democrats said Monday that it is not...
March 14, 2016 - 11:37pm
December 5, 2014
Transit employees negotiate wages
WILLMAR — Negotiations are underway in hopes of reaching a contract agreement with employees from the transit systems in Kandiyohi County and Renville County before the Jan. 1 merger of the two entities takes place and employees are working under the new Central Community Transit. “There’s...
December 5, 2014 - 10:17pm
September 19, 2014
Joint powers board names new regional transit system
WILLMAR — A new name has been selected for a newly-merged regional transit system that goes into effect next year. Starting Jan. 1, the Kandiyohi Area Transit and the Renville County Heartland Express will begin operating as one entity under the...
September 19, 2014 - 11:45pm
August 1, 2014
Plans for regional transit merger progress
WILLMAR –– Reconciling differences in employee wages and benefits between transit systems in Kandiyohi County and Renville County –– and coming up with a new name that creates a unified brand –– are some of the issues that need to be resolved before the Jan. 1 merger of...
August 1, 2014 - 11:05pm
July 15, 2014
Transit merger between Kandiyohi and Renville counties progresses
WILLMAR –– Another step was taken this week in the expected Jan. 1 merger of transit systems in Kandiyohi and Renville counties, and now there’s talk of adding a third county. At their meeting Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners gave final approval to a joint powers...
July 15, 2014 - 10:10pm
June 26, 2014
First round of ‘Joyride’ gets positive response
WILLMAR — Last Saturday six tourists who were staying at an area resort who decided to have a night out at Zorbaz in Spicer took advantage of a new sober ride program and were brought safely back to their cabin. “They were so excited to have this service,” said Stephanie Felt,...
June 26, 2014 - 11:33pm
May 22, 2014
Merger of transit systems in Kandiyohi, Renville counties moves forward
WILLMAR –– A plan to merge the Kandiyohi County and Renville County transit systems into one entity by January 1 is moving ahead. On Tuesday the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to support the concept of the merger. The Willmar City Council took...
May 22, 2014 - 5:00am
December 7, 2013
Bus route from Willmar to Litchfield to begin in February
WILLMAR — A new bus route on U.S. Highway 12 between Willmar and Litchfield is expected to begin operation in February. Kandiyohi Area Transit buses will make morning, afternoon and evening runs three days a week between the towns as part of a new coordinated program between KAT...
December 7, 2013 - 5:06am
December 1, 2013
KAT takes transit in new direction
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi Area Transit is moving in a new direction — literally and figuratively. KAT is currently working with Meeker County to establish a shared route between Litchfield and Willmar and they are working with the Renville County transit system on a proposed merger...
December 1, 2013 - 11:13pm
October 4, 2013
Mergers of Kandiyohi, Renville counties transit systems eyed
WILLMAR — The future of transit services in Kandiyohi and Renville counties could mean a merger of the county’s two separate systems. With strong encouragement by the state, discussions are underway for the two counties to coordinate, cooperate and consolidate their...
October 4, 2013 - 11:33pm