(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001

TRANSPORTATION

 

Access to dependable and affordable transportation is key to successful, community living. Since VINE’s inception in 1995, transportation has been an important part of our service offerings. People who do not drive or have access to public transportation need to shop, go the doctor, attend appointments, and get to their jobs. VINE’s volunteer driver program is nationally recognized for excellence and efficiency, providing 90 rides per weekday throughout VINE’s service area.

Persons with limited English proficiency may contact Blue Earth County Employment Services at (507) 386-5750.

Personas con competencia limitada en inglés pueden contactar Blue Earth County Employment Services at (507) 386-5750.

Using VINE’s vehicles or personal vehicles, volunteer drivers pick up people and take them where they need to go.

Testimonial

  • I owe VINE so much. I’d be lost without help from VINE’s transportation department.

    Julie Martinson
    VINE Transportation Recipient since 2011
  • VINE is a wonderful place. You get to meet all kinds of people and hear their story.

    Richard Melarvie
    Volunteer Driver since 2007

People 60+

VINE’s Door2Door Transportation Program assists community members age 60+ living in Mankato and North Mankato when public transportation in unavailable or not easily accessible. VINE’s trained and insured volunteer drivers help older adults get to their appointments, shop, and do errands. If needed, volunteers can even help you select and carry in your groceries. We arrange transportation for medical and other appointments and provide rides to social and congregational events. Transportation to out-of-town medical appointments can be arranged.

On a limited basis, we provide rides for people under age 60 with disabilities and people who are encountering difficult life circumstances. We also work closely with staff at county human services to provide rides for income-eligible clients. To facilitate scheduling, requests for local rides must be made at least two business days in advance. Since the transportation office is not open on weekends, requests for rides on Monday must be made by noon on the preceding Thursday. Please schedule your ride as soon as you schedule your medical appointment. Limited weekend transportation is available for medical needs. The program is not intended to be a person’s only source of transportation

At the end of each month, passengers are mailed a ride summary sheet and a donation envelope. VINE’s transportation program is supported through contributions from riders and their family members, the Greater Mankato Area United Way, and grants from Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties. Feel free to contact VINE’s Transportation Department at (507) 387-1666 to discuss your needs.

People to Jobs

VINE coordinates employment and employment-related transportation for single parents, refugees, and other low-income workers. Transporting the young children of low-income workers to daycare when their parents go to work is an important part of the service provided. People to Jobs is a six-month transitional program designed as a stepping stone to allow workers time to develop more permanent transportation solutions. The program utilizes paid staff driving vans on routes designed to be cost-effective and time-efficient. People to Jobs is jointly sponsored by the Greater Mankato United Way, Blue Earth County Employment Services, and VINE Faith in Action. Fares from riders cover a portion of the cost. For more information, call (507) 385-8127 to schedule a visit with a staff member.

TRUE Transit

TRUE Transit provides rides to people of all ages throughout Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet Counties. At the request of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet Counties, VINE Faith in Action in 2016 created a public transit system to serve people of all ages living in these unserved rural areas. The system, named TRUE Transit for “Town, Rural, Urban Express,” was launched in January 2017 using volunteer drivers and one small bus. Additional buses were added late in 2017 as the system began full operations.

Passenger fares on scheduled routes (slight deviation allowed) are just $3.00.

Rides that don’t follow the scheduled routes are charged at the following rate. These fares, which represent the cost of a one-way ride, are highly subsidized by MnDOT and county governments:

0 – 10 miles = $6.00
11 – 20 miles = $7.00
21 – 30 miles = $8.00
31 – 40 miles = $9.00
41+ miles = $10.00

If you would like to schedule a ride, or for more information, please call (507) 388-8783 or 800-560-1575 or visit us online at www.truetransit.org.

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