Together Moving Forward!

4/01/2020

Additional Commuter Bus Service Updates

Below is a list of routes that are suspended until further notice

Effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020 

       Preston - 5:15am (1st morning bus) & 4:40pm are suspended 

Effective Friday, April 3, 2020 the following routes will be suspended

      Twin Cities/Hampton/Cannon Falls  - 6:30am (latest AM trip)

                                                                - 4:40pm (3rd Pm trip)

      Zumbrota/Pine Island - 6:55/7:00am (latest AM trip)

                                          - 3:35pm (earliest PM trip)

      Dodge Center/Kasson/Byron - 3:40pm (earliest PM trip)

 

3/20/2020

Map of RCL bus boarding areas in Downtown Rochester 

https://rochestercitylines.com/commuter/downtown-stands.php

 

3/20/20

Commuter Bus Service Updates

To optimize service levels, Rochester City Lines will be suspending some commuter bus routes. All routes will continue to have at least two departure options for AM and PM service.

Below is a list of routes that are suspended until further notice, effective Monday, March 30th:

SUSPENDED ROUTES STARTING MONDAY 3/30

Twin Cities

  • 7:00am (latest AM trip)
  • 5:40pm (latest PM trip)

Austin/Dexter

  • 7:30am (middle AM trip)
  • 3:45pm (early PM trip)

Spring Valley/Racine/Stewartville

  • 7:30am (middle AM trip)
  • 3:40pm (early PM trip)

Dodge Center/Kasson/Byron

  • 7:00am (2nd AM bus)
  • 4:40pm (3rd PM bus)

Chatfield

  • 7:30am (third AM bus- see below for service times via Preston bus)

 

TIME CHANGES STARTING MONDAY 3/30

To accommodate safe and timely services, times are changing as some routes will be combined.

Below is a list of routes and times changing

Zumbrota/Pine Island

  • New schedule starting Monday 3/30. *indicates new times.

Zumbrota Armory

Zumbrota P&R

Pine Island

St. Marys Campus

Downtown Rochester

5:50am*

5:55am*

6:10am*

6:35am

6:40am

6:40am

6:45am

6:53am

7:15am

7:18am

6:55am*

7:00am*

7:15am

7:35am

7:40am

 

Chatfield

  • New Schedule starting Monday 3/30:

Main & 4th St

Kwik Trip

St. Marys Campus

Downtown Rochester

5:35am

5:37am

6:10am

6:15am

6:05am

6:07am

6:40am

6:45am

6:35am*

6:37am*

7:10am*

7:15am*

7:05am

7:07am

7:40am

7:45am

 

For questions about routes and schedules, contact RCL at info@rclbus.com or 507-288-4353.

 

11/11/19

2019 Holiday Commuter Bus Service Schedule

To reflect reduced ridership during the holiday season, RCL will run a limited schedule on the following days: 

  • Friday, November 29th
  • Tuesday, December 24th
  • Thursday, December 26th
  • Friday, December 27th
  • Monday, December 30th
  • Tuesday, December 31st.

There will be NO service on November 28th, December 25th or January 1st.
Find your city below for departure times that will be available on reduced service days. For questions, email info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353. Note: Buses that typically service St Mary's will still do so, including transfer buses at 4:03 and 5:03pm (3:03pm on 12/24 and 12/31).

City

AM Departures

PM Departures 11/29, 12/26, 12/27 and 12/30

PM Departures 12/24 and 12/31

Austin

5:40am, 6:45am

4:15pm, 5:15pm

3:15pm ONLY

Bloomington

5:00am, 6:00am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Byron*

6:08am, 7:23am

4:12pm, 5:12pm

3:12pm ONLY

Cannon Falls

5:50am, 6:45am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Chatfield

5:37am, 7:07am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Dexter

6:00am, 7:05am

4:15pm, 5:15pm

3:15pm ONLY

Dodge Center

5:48am, 7:05/7:10am

4:12pm, 5:12pm

3:12pm ONLY

Elgin

6:08am, 7:08am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Eyota

5:52am, 7:17am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Fountain

5:23am, 6:53am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Hampton

5:35am, 6:35am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Hayfield

Regular Times

4:12pm, 5:12pm

3:12pm ONLY

Inver Grove Hts

5:15am, 6:15am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Kasson*

5:57am, 7:12am

4:12pm, 5:12pm

3:12pm ONLY

Lake City

Regular Times

Regular Times

3:10pm ONLY

Lewiston

5:25am, 6:50am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Oak Center

6:01am, 7:01am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Pine Island

6:10am, 7:15am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Plainview

Regular Times

Regular Times

3:10pm ONLY

Preston

5:15am, 6:45am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Racine

6:04am, 7:04am

4:12pm, 5:12pm

3:12pm ONLY

Spring Valley

5:50am, 6:50am

4:12pm, 5:12pm

3:12pm ONLY

St Charles

5:39am, 7:04am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Stewartville

6:13am, 7:13am

4:12pm, 5:12pm

3:12pm ONLY

Stockton

5:15am, 6:40am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Viola

6:15am, 7:15am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Wabasha

5:28am, 6:28am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Winona

4:58/5:08am and 6:20/6:33am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Zumbro Falls

6:10am, 7:10am

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

Zumbrota

5:55/6:00am and 7:05/7:10

4:10pm, 5:10pm

3:10pm ONLY

*Service to Commuter Lots ONLY

 

10/23/19

Bus Stand Change for Wabasha/Lake City and Winona Routes

Starting next Monday, October 28th, 2019 the Wabasha bus will begin staging in the first spot and the Winona bus will be in the 3rd spot in the Lot 6 Commuter Bus Transit Hub. This is being done to improve the flow of traffic during departure in the evenings. Departure times will remain the same for all routes. View a map of downtown stands here.

Please write to info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353 with any questions.

10/23/19

PM Departure Adjustments for Hayfield, Dodge Center, Kasson and Byron Routes

Starting next Monday, October 28 RCL will make a minor adjustment to PM departure times. This is being done to ensure bus and pedestrian safety during exit from the Lot 6 Commuter Transit Hub.

Kasson/Byron will be changing from 4:10 to 4:12pm departure time
Hayfield/Dodge Center will be changing from 4:15 to 4:12pm departure time
Hayfield/Dodge Center will be changing from 5:10 to 5:12pm departure time

There are no other changes to these routes at this time. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 



10/23/19

Commuter Bus Time Adjustments for Preston, Fountain and Chatfield

After your responses to our recent survey, we are responding to rider sentiment with minor adjustments to route times. This schedule will start next Monday, October 28, 2019. No PM route times will be changing.




Thank you, and thanks for riding- we appreciate the opportunity to serve you!

Together Moving Forward,
Rochester City Lines

9/12/19

New Commuter Extension Routes Start Monday, September 16th.

RCL is pleased to announce that beginning Monday, September 16th, new commuter extension routes will be piloted to serve Northwest Rochester. 

These routes will depart from the new commuter bus transit hub in Lot 6 in the morning and will return passengers to the hub in the afternoon. Routes are open to anyone with a valid, current commuter bus pass (Annual, Monthly or 10-Ride ticket). This extended service will not affect fares.

Initial schedule:

Morning
Lot 6 41st Street Support Center Superior Drive
6:40 a.m. 6:54 a.m. 6:57 a.m. 7:05 a.m.
7:15 a.m. 7:29 a.m. 7:32 a.m. 7:40 a.m.
7:40 a.m. 7:54 a.m. 7:57 a.m. 8:05 a.m.
Afternoon
41st Street Support Center Superior Drive Lot 6
3:40 p.m. 3:44 p.m. 3:49 p.m. 4:06 p.m.
4:10 p.m. 4:14 p.m. 4:19 p.m. 4:36 p.m.
4:40 p.m. 4:44 p.m. 4:49 p.m. 5:06 p.m.


Rochester City Lines will serve these new locations until the end of the year to collect feedback on how to best serve this part of the city.

Stop location details:

                •41st Street: Buses will pick up and drop off on 41st Street, just east of 31st Avenue on the south side of the complex. See street view.

                •At Mayo Support Center, commuter buses will pick up and drop off at the South entrance to the building. See street view.
                •At the Superior Drive Support Center, buses will pick up and drop off on Superior Drive NW at the west driveway entrance to the building. See street view.
 
For questions, please contact us at info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353.

 

Commuter Bus Transit Hub Opening Monday August 19th

All Rochester City Lines PM bus stops will be at the new commuter bus transit hub beginning Monday afternoon, Aug. 19. All buses will pick up passengers at the stops, as detailed on the map above. Some buses may park at their assigned stops during the day.

All buses will enter the commuter bus transit hub from Fourth Street Southwest and exit onto Third Street Southwest. You can get to your bus by using a dedicated walkway along the perimeter of the commuter bus transit hub. Commuter bus schedules will not change.

On the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 16 — the last day buses will stop at their current locations — bus stop signs may already be removed so they can be installed at the new commuter bus transit hub. However, buses still will leave from their current stops that afternoon.
See below for additional Q&A from RCL regarding this change.

Q – Why is this happening?
A – With the newly constructed 4th street and other future street projects downtown, the commuter bus transit hub provides a dedicated off-street pickup location that will help us avoid future service dislocations.

Q – How do I access my bus?
A – Dedicated pedestrian walkways will be available down either side of the commuter bus transit hub, with access points at each bus stand for entrance to the bus.

Q – Are departure times changing?
A – Not right now. RCL will monitor traffic flow for the first week or two and make needed adjustments after that time.

Q- Will this change my AM drop-off location?
A – No. At this time, all routes will continue to drop passengers at their current drop-off locations.

Q- I either transfer from, or get on at St. Marys. How will this impact my commute?
A- At this time, transfer buses will continue to depart St. Marys at 3:33, 4:03 and 5:03, with a guaranteed connection to downtown buses. All outbound routes that stop at St. Marys will continue to do so. RCL will monitor traffic flow for the first week or two and make needed adjustments after that time.

Q- Will there be shelter for passengers to wait?
A- Shelter is available nearby in the Guggenheim and Medical Science buildings.

Have another question? Contact us by email info@rclbus.com or by phone at 507-288-4353.

Together Moving Forward,
Rochester City Lines

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July 11, 2019

Wabasha Commuter Departure Time Change

Due to the anticipated detour scheduled to begin Monday morning, we will be traveling County Roads 4 & 10 between Wabasha and Lake City. 

Effective next Monday, July 15, the Wabasha Commuter Routes will be departing 5 minutes early at 5:23 AM and 6:23 AM. This early departure is expected to last about a month, through August 16, 2019. 

For questions about RCL Commuter Bus Service, please contact info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353. For questions about the highway project page on MN DOT's website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy61-resurfacing/index.html

 

 

June 25, 2019

Reduced Commuter Bus Service July 5th

To reflect reduced ridership during Independence Day weekend, RCL will operate a limited schedule on Friday, July 5th
There will be NO service on Thursday, July 4th.
Find your city below for departure times that will be available on Friday, July 5th. For questions, email info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353. Note: Buses that typically service St Marys will still do so, including transfer buses at 4:03 and 5:03pm.

City AM Departures 7/5 PM Departures 7/5
Austin 5:40am, 6:45am 4:15pm, 5:15pm
Bloomington 5:00am, 6:00am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Byron* 6:08am, 7:23am 4:10pm, 5:12pm
Cannon Falls 5:50am, 6:45am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Chatfield 6:05am, 7:00am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Dexter 6:00am, 7:05am 4:15pm, 5:15pm
Dodge Center 5:48am, 7:05/7:10am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Elgin 6:08am, 7:08am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Eyota 6:12am, 7:17am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Fountain 5:51am, 6:44am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Hampton 5:35am, 6:35am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Hayfield 5:33am, 6:45am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Inver Grove Hts 5:15am, 6:15am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Kasson* 5:57am, 7:12am 4:10pm, 5:12pm
Lake City Regular Times Regular Times
Lewiston 5:45am, 6:50am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Oak Center 6:01am, 7:01am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Pine Island 6:10am, 7:15am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Plainview Regular Times Regular Times
Preston 5:44am, 6:37am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Racine 6:04am, 7:04am 4:12pm, 5:12pm
Spring Valley 5:50am, 6:50am 4:12pm, 5:12pm
St. Charles 6:00am, 7:04am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Stewartville 6:13am, 7:13am 4:12pm, 5:12pm
Stockton 5:35am, 6:40am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Viola 6:15am, 7:15am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Wabasha 5:28am, 6:28am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Winona 5:18/5:28am and 6:13/6:33am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Zumbro Falls 6:10am, 7:10am 4:10pm, 5:10pm
Zumbrota 5:55/6:00am and 7:05/7:10 4:10pm, 5:10pm

May 23rd, 2019

Alternate Parking for Pine Island CheeseFest

Due to Pine Island Cheesefest, Rochester City Lines will be temporarily relocating the commuter pickup area to the alternate location at 3rd Ave and 3rd St NE.

This location will be used starting Tuesday, May 28th and will last through Monday, June 3rd. Parking should return to the community lot on Tuesday, June 4th. 

Thank you, and thanks for riding!

May 6, 2019

Hampton Park & Ride Expansion

Attention Commuters: Beginning Monday, May 13th, the Hampton Park & Ride Lot will be CLOSED for approximately 6-8 weeks to allow construction crews to perform expansion and resurfacing work. This work will expand the lot from 45 spaces today to 70 upon completion. 

During this project, Rochester City Lines will be unable to serve this location and buses will NOT stop or take the exit. Riders who normally use the Hampton lot and would like to continue riding the bus during this time have two options:

1) Board in Cannon Falls using either a Zone G or Zone F Annual, Monthly or 10-Ride pass
2) Board in Bloomington or Inver Grove Heights using a Zone G Annual, Monthly or 10-Ride pass

For questions about bus service, please contact Rochester City Lines at info@rclbus.com or 507-288-4353
For questions about the construction project, please contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

 

May 3rd, 2019

Four Bus Stands Moving Next Week

Read this story on our 4th St construction project page here. Changes begin May 7th and will last 8-12 weeks.

 

May 1st, 2019

Commuter Bus Time Changes for Summer Construction on Hwy 52
 
Beginning next Monday, May 6th, RCL will be adjusting all times for Preston, Fountain and Chatfield stops by eight minutes. This will allow routes to continue arriving downtown by their posted times. The construction and revised times are expected to last until September. PM departure times will remain the same for all routes.
 
NEW TIMES

Preston Fountain Chatfield- 4th & Main Chatfield- Sunshine Foods Chatfield- Kwik Trip St Marys Campus Downtown
5:14 5:21 5:36   5:38 6:10 6:15
5:44 5:51 6:05   6:07 6:40 6:45
6:12 6:19       7:10 7:15
    6:32 6:40 6:42 7:10 7:15
6:37 6:44 7:00   7:02 7:35 7:40

 
Route:
In conjunction with the road closures, RCL will use County 30 north to Hwy 63 in Stewartville for the first week. Beginning May 13, RCL will use County Road 7 to I-90
 
For questions, please contact RCL at info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353.

 

November 14, 2018

Two Important Updates from RCL

First, a short and simple one- RCL Commuter Bus Operations are expected to return to previous locations on 2nd & 3rd Ave SW on Monday, December 3rd. 

Second, Effective January 1st, 2019, Rochester City Lines will raise fares for regional commuter bus service for the first time since 2015. Over the past four years, operating costs have continued to rise making this adjustment necessary. Most riders will see their cost per ride increase by less than one dollar. Rates can be seen in the PDF link below.

2019 Rates can be seen here (PDF)

 

November 7, 2018

RCL 2018 Holiday Service Schedule

To reflect reduced ridership during the holiday season, RCL will run a limited schedule on Friday, November 23rd, Monday, December 24th and Monday, December 31st.

There will be NO service on November 22nd, December 25th or January 1st.

Click the link below for departure times that will be available on reduced service days. For questions, email info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353. Note: Buses that typically service St Marys will still do so, including transfer buses at 4:03 and 5:03pm (3:03pm on 12/24 and 12/31).

RCL HOLIDAY SERVICE SCHEDULE

 

June 11, 2018

4th St SW Rochester Construction Project Bringing Changes for Commuters

Learn more about the 4th St SW project impact to commuter bus operations on our project page at

http://rochestercitylines.com/commuter/4thst2018project.php

 

May 11, 2018

 

LANE CLOSURES ON 2nd St SW

Beginning Monday, May 14th, the City of Rochester will be reducing traffic to one lane in each direction along portions of 2nd St SW in front of St Marys for the next three weeks. This message is to inform you that there will be NO CHANGES to RCL commuter bus schedules or pickup locations. While travel lanes will be closed, arrangements are being made to continue to serve regional commuter transit users at the current locations.
 
Due to ongoing additional chartered transportation services, heavy traffic and congestion on 2nd street is anticipated next week. Passengers are advised that delays are possible. RCL encourages passengers to plan ahead and consider taking an earlier bus where available.
 
For details about the lane closures, visit: http://www.rochestermn.gov/Home/Components/News/News/3971/1593?backlist=%2fdepartments%2fpublic-works

April 26, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE: LOCATION CHANGE FOR INVER GROVE HEIGHTS STOP


Due to a change in ownership at the current location, the pickup in Inver Grove Heights will be relocating to Walmart (9165 Cahill Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076) effective this coming Monday 4/30/18. We apologize for the very short notice and encourage riders to assist in spreading the word regarding this change. Designated parking area and pickup location will be on the North side of the store in the blue rectangle area seen in the image below. Red arrows show the travel path of the coach bus through the pickup area.
Pickup times will not change.

April 24, 2018

Service Change for Byron Riders

Effective next Monday, April 30th, Rochester City Lines will consolidate commuter bus service in Byron to the Park & Ride Stop only. No departure time changes are associated with this change. This will improve travel times for Kasson riders on the 5:12 bus.

 

April 23, 2018

RCL Commuter Detour for Wabasha/Lake City Route

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be constructing a complete rebuild of Hwy 63 between Rochester and Lake City. This major upgrade will be a welcome change once completed, but also presents some significant challenges for commuters this summer. During Phase One (May-August), U.S. Hwy 63 will be completely closed from the 75th St roundabout just north of Rochester, all the way to the bridge on the south side of Zumbro Falls.

The anticipated start date for Phase One of this project is Monday, May 7th lasting through August.

Beginning May 7th, ALL Times for Wabasha, Lake City, Oak Center and Zumbro Falls will be 12 minutes earlier than the current schedule. The Reinke’s Corner stop will be out of service for the duration of Phase One. Summer departure times are listed at the bottom of this message. Morning buses will travel across MN Hwy 60 out of Zumbro Falls over to Hwy 52, and will access Rochester from 2nd Street SW. St Marys Passengers will be dropped off first, with downtown passengers being dropped off in front of the Harwick Building. PM Departure times from downtown Rochester will not change. PM buses will NOT travel past St Marys in the afternoon. St Marys passengers should continue to use the transfer bus.

Phase Two of this project will involve resurfacing a seven mile stretch of Hwy 63 north of Zumbro Falls. Phase Two is scheduled to start in August (after completion of Phase One). Separate detour and schedule information will be communicated at that time.

For questions about RCL Commuter Bus Service, please contact info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353. For questions about the highway project, visit the project page on MN DOT’s website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy63-resurfacing/. 

 

April 9, 2018

4:40 Winona Departure to be Reinstated

We want to offer a sincere thank you to the many, many passengers who have participated in conversations with us over the past week and a half as we seek to better balance our bus schedules to improve service.
 
Effective Next Monday, April 16th, the 4:40 departure serving all stops will be reinstated.

The 4:10 and 5:10 departures will also serve all stops as needed along the route. 
 
For questions, email info@rclbus.com or give us a call at 507-288-4353. Thank you, and thanks for riding- we truly appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

 

February 20, 2018

Route Adjustments and New Byron Stop for Late Hayfield/Dodge Center Bus

As part of broader changes to Rochester City Lines commuter bus service, effective March 1st Dodge Center riders will have a new 4th departure option each morning. Additionally, the late Hayfield/Dodge Center Bus will provide regular service for riders from Byron. To offset this time and ensure continued on-time arrival to St Marys Campus and Downtown Rochester, the late route will begin five minutes earlier. Byron times will also be adjusted.

Times for all stops will be as follows:

Hayfield

D.C. Legion

D.C. Park & Ride

Byron 2nd Ave & Frontage Rd

Byron 4th St & 5th Ave

Byron Park & Ride

St Marys Campus

Downtown Rochester

5:33

5:48

-

6:06

-

6:08

6:20

6:25

-

5:54*

5:59*

-

-

6:16

6:35

6:40

-

6:28

6:33

-

-

6:50

7:05

7:10

6:45

7:00

7:05

7:16

7:19

7:23

7:35

7:40

*Indicate new departure times

Additionally, riders should pay careful attention to afternoon bus boarding locations, as a small adjustment will be made allowing both the 4:10 and 4:15 buses to board in separate stands.

For questions, please email info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353

 

February 14, 2018

Plainview Stand Relocation

Effective March 1st, both Plainview buses will begin boarding in the southernmost stand alongside the corner of the Hilton building.

For longtime riders, this is the same stand that was used in the past. We are glad to be able to make this meaningful service improvement with the return of a sheltered waiting area for Plainview/Elgin/Viola riders.

 

February 8, 2018

Realignment of Commuter Bus Services for Winona/Stockton/Lewiston/St. Charles/Eyota Area

To better align services with current ridership, Rochester City Lines will be adjusting commuter bus service in the Highway 14 Corridor east of Rochester. Effective March 1st, the following adjustments will be made:

  • NEW 4:15pm Winona Express departure serving Walmart AND ShopKo
  • Elimination of the 6:30am and 5:12pm Winona Express departures
  • Elimination of the 4:40pm departure

Complete service times for the corridor will be as follows:

AM SERVICE TIMES:

Winona Walmart Winona ShopKo Stockton Lewiston St. Charles Whitewater Ave St. Charles Park & Ride Eyota Arrive Downtown Rochester St Marys Campus
4:58 5:08 5:15 5:25 5:36 5:39 5:52 6:15 6:20
5:18 5:28 5:35 5:45 5:56 6:00 6:12 6:35 6:40
5:53 6:03 6:10 6:20 6:31 6:34 6:47 7:15 7:20
6:23* 6:33 6:40 6:50 7:01 7:04 7:17 7:45 7:50

*Indicates NEW departure time

PM SERVICE TIMES

Departs Downtown Rochester Serves:
3:40 All Stops
4:10 All Stops
4:15 Express* Winona Walmart & ShopKo*
5:10 All Stops

*Indicates NEW departure time

Q: When are these changes taking place?
A:
The new schedule will start Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Q: Why are these changes changes being made?
A: In August of 2016, service to Winona, Stockton, Lewiston, St. Charles and Eyota expanded from three daily buses to five. In the 18 months since that time, ridership habits and travel patterns have reflected an overall ability to provide essentially the same level of service without the need for five buses. This adjustment allows RCL to be a better steward of limited resources, as well as eliminate unnecessary road wear and tear and environmental impacts.

Please direct questions to info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353.

Thank you, thank you for riding with Rochester City Lines- we appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

 

February 7, 2018

Owatonna Route to be Discontinued

Attention Commuters: Effective March 1st, 2018, Rochester City Lines will be discontinuing commuter bus service to Owatonna. The last day of service will be February 28th. This difficult final decision comes as ridership has dwindled in part due to continued low fuel prices, regional employment changes and additional work from home opportunities for the area’s workforce.

Commuter Bus Service will continue to be available from Dodge Center with four departures daily. Passengers wishing to continue to ride with Rochester City Lines from Dodge Center after this month may exchange their Zone F passes for the cheaper Zone D passes.

Please direct any questions to info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353.

D.C. American Legion

D.C. Park & Ride

AM Arrival to STM

AM Arrival to DT

PM Depart DT

PM Depart STM

5:48am

-

6:20am

6:25am

3:40pm

3:42pm

5:54am*

5:59am*

6:35am*

6:40am*

4:15pm

4:17pm

6:28am

6:33am

7:05am

7:10am

5:10pm

5:12pm

7:05am

7:10am

7:35am

7:40am

 

 

*New departure starting March 1st

 

12-19-2017

Introducing NotiphiMe

Here at Rochester City Lines, we know that communication and transportation go hand in hand. We know you depend on us to get to work, and to do so in a timely manner. When things are running behind, we know you want to get the low down. 

That's why we are introducing you to NotiphiMe, our new notification partner. This was done with YOU in mind. You can use this link to update your enhanced subscription. NotiphiMe will allow you to customize WHEN and HOW you want to be alerted- email, text message, and coming soon- push notifications.

Want to receive only a text about a delay? You can choose to turn off email alerts.
Don't ride the bus on Fridays? Turn off alerts for that day. 

We are excited to roll out this product for you. Thank you for riding with us, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in new and better ways in 2018.

 

10-26-17

2017 Holiday Service Schedule

As we approach the 2017 Holiday Season, Rochester City Lines will be making a few schedule changes to observe major holidays. See details below. 

Thanksgiving Week (November 20th-24th)

Monday-Wednesday: Full Service

Thursday, Nov 23rd: CLOSED (Thanksgiving observed)

Friday, Nov 24th: 7am and 8am shift arrival buses ONLY, 4:10pm and 5:10pm departure buses ONLY. Pick-ups at Park & Ride lots only. Email info@rclbus.com for questions or clarification.

  • There will be NO local service routes (Kasson, Byron, Spring Valley). All pickups will be at Park & Ride lots ONLY.
  • Buses arriving in Rochester at 6:15am and 7:15am will NOT be running this day.
    • The only exception to this will be the 6:25am Hayfield run, which will serve Hayfield, Dodge Center, Kasson and Byron as usual.
  • 3:35/3:40pm, 4:40pm and 5:40pm departures will NOT be running this day.
  • The Winona Express bus will NOT be running. Winona riders should board the 6:25 departure from WalMart for the morning, and the 5:10 departure in the afternoon.
  • Twin Cities riders: Only the 5:00am and 6:00am departures from Bloomington will be running in the morning, and only the 4:10 and 5:10 departures in the afternoon.
  • For questions or clarification, email info@rclbus.com or call 507-288-4353.

Christmas Week (December 25th-29th)

Monday, Dec 25th CLOSED (Christmas observed)

Tues-Friday (Dec 26th-29th) Full Service

New Years Week (January 1st-5th)

Monday, Jan 1st CLOSED (New Years Day observed)

Full Service Resumes Tuesday

 

 

9-26-17

Construction in Pine Island October 1st-6th 

Due to a sewer replacement project in the immediate area, the Pine Island Park & Ride/Community Space will be CLOSED for the first week of October. Commuters should park at the alternative location, located at 3rd Ave & 3rd St NE in Pine Island. AM pickup times will remain the same for the duration of this change.

Once the project is complete and the roadway is reopened, the pickup location will return to the Park & Ride/Community Space.

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