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Celebrate Earthweek April 21-26

15 Apr

CELEBRATE EARTH WEEK
APRIL 21 – 26, 2014

Events for the week will include:

  • Get your “Can” on the bus (this promotional fare applies only to MATBUS fixed route)
  • Riding MATBUS will cost only one aluminum can! (Proceeds donated to a local charity)
  • Drawings for Free Shirts (nylon iGoEco shirts). Registration forms are available on MATBUS vehicles and at the GTC.
  • Come check out the MATBUS booth from April 21st – April 25th at the Moorhead Center Mall. Go Green and Ride with Us at MATBUS!
  • Join us for the Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 26th, from 11 – 4 at the Red River Zoo. Free admission for youth available from any Gate City Bank.
 
 

MATBUS Suspending Services Early

01 Apr

MATBUS Suspending Services Early

March 31, 2014

Due to reduced visibility and extremely icy roads, MATBUS routes will be closing early tonight (Monday, March 31st).  All Moorhead buses will be ending at 8:15 p.m., all Fargo buses will be ending at 9:15 p.m. and Route 23 is already done.  The Ground Transportation Center (GTC) will close at 9:15 p.m.   MATBUS requests that you adjust your plans to accommodate delays.

 
 

MATBUS NDSU Routes Canceled for March 31, 2014.

31 Mar

Due to the closure of North Dakota State University, Routes 31, 32, 33 and 35 will not operate on Monday, March 31. Routes 13 & 34 will run. Daytime service will not be provided on Route 13U, but evening service on 13U will be offered.

An assessment of weather and road conditions will be conducted this afternoon and if additional route cancellations become necessary, they will be announced then.  MATBUS requests that you adjust your plans to accommodate delays.

Additionally, MATBUS may elect to utilize its approved snow detour routes, which are available for viewing on matbus.com. If necessary, MATBUS will publicize that snow detour routes are being utilized, including the phase number.

Please keep an eye on the weather and make sure to keep apprised of any development with MATBUS and MAT Paratransit services.

 
 

Approval of Route 9 and revised Route 6 timetable

26 Mar

APPROVED
New Route 9 to SE Moorhead
And Revised Route 6 Timetable
Effective May 1, 2014

 The new MATBUS Route 9 and revised timetable for Route 6 have been approved by the Moorhead City Council and will take effect on May 1, 2014. The new route will originate at the Dilworth Wal-Mart and travel to southeast Moorhead via 34th St. The route will take 30 minutes to complete and will operate hourly, alternating with the Dilworth Route 6. Riders will be able to transfer between Routes 4, 6 & 9 at the Dilworth Wal-Mart Transfer Hub. New bus maps and timetables will be printed and available at the GTC on or near May 1, 2014.

 

 

 
 

Notice of Proposed Service Increase to Moorhead MATBUS

10 Mar

Notice of Proposed Service Increase to
Moorhead MATBUS Routes 6 & 9

The City of Moorhead is considering service increases to Moorhead MATBUS to become effective May 1, 2014, as recommended by the Five-year Transit Development Plan, generally described below.

Informational Display:  An informational display on the proposed new Route 9 and changes to the Route 6 timetable, as well as comment cards, will be in the lobby of the Ground Transportation Center (GTC), 502 N.P. Avenue, Fargo, ND, from March 10th through March 21st.  Staff will be at the GTC to answer questions on Friday, March 14th, from 9-10 AM and 4-5 PM.  Written comments may be turned in to the dispatch window and will be considered by staff prior to the final recommendation to the City Council.  In addition, written comments may be submitted in advance to: Lori Van Beek, Transit Manager, 650 23rd Street North,Fargo,ND58102, E-mail LVanbeek@matbus.com, telephone 701-476-6686.  For TDD Relay Service call7-1-1.

Public Hearing:  The proposed service increases to MATBUS may be considered major and will require a public hearing.  The public hearing will be held by the Moorhead City Council on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 5:45 p.m. in the First Floor Council Chambers of City Hall, 500 Center Avenue, Moorhead, MN.  At the hearing, the City of Moorhead will afford an opportunity for interested persons to be heard with respect to the proposed service increases.  Written comments may be submitted in advance of the public hearing to:  Lori Van Beek, Transit Manager, 650 23rd Street North, Fargo, ND 58102, E-mail LVanbeek@matbus.com, telephone 701-476-6686.

Upon request, accommodations for individuals with disabilities, language barriers, or other needs to allow participation in meetings will be provided.  To arrange assistance, call the City Clerk’s Office at 218-299-5166 (voice) or 711 (TDD/TTY).

Comments from the informational meeting may result in changes to the proposed service routes and times.  The final recommendations will be made available to the public on March 19, 2014, at the GTC.

 New Service to Southeast Moorhead on Route 9:  The proposed route would begin and end at the Dilworth Walmart.  The Dilworth Walmart is a transfer point between Routes 4 (North Moorhead), 6 (Dilworth) and 9 (SE Moorhead).  The proposed route would be 30 minutes long with hourly frequency.  One bus would travel on Route 9 for 30-minutes, and then change to Route 6 for 30-minutes.  Hours of operations would be 6:08 a.m. to 6:38 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 7:08 a.m. to 6:38 p.m. on Saturdays.  The route would travel by Walmart, CashWise Foods, Horizon Middle School, Sanford Health Center, Menard’s and Sam’s Club.

Increased Hours, Less Frequency on Dilworth Route 6:  Currently, Route 6 is only half of a route with split trips in the morning peak and the afternoon peak (no mid-day service).  This was done with the expectation that when service to Southeast Moorhead was implemented, the Dilworth route would be interlined with Route 9 for a full 12-hour daily route, but with hourly frequency.  Hours of operation for Route 6 would be 6:38 a.m. to 6:08 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 7:38 a.m. to 6:08 p.m. on Saturdays.

 
 

Route 7 – Additional trip

03 Mar

Beginning January 1, 2014
Route 7 added a trip beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Please refer to the timetable below:

 
 

MATBUS NDSU Routes canceled for Jan 16, 2014

16 Jan

Due to the closure of North Dakota State University, Routes 31, 32, 33 and 35 will not operate on Thursday January 16th. Routes 13 & 34 will run. Daytime service will not be provided on Route 13U, but evening service on 13U will be offered.

An assessment of weather and road conditions will be conducted early Thursday morning and if additional route cancellations become necessary, they will be announced then.  MATBUS requests that you adjust your plans to accommodate delays.

Additionally, MATBUS may elect to utilize its approved snow detour routes, which are available for viewing on matbus.com. If necessary, MATBUS will publicize that snow detour routes are being utilized, including the phase number.

Please keep an eye on the weather and make sure to keep apprised of any development with MATBUS and MAT Paratransit services.

 
 

Free Rides on Route 6

23 Dec

FREE Rides will be giving on Moorhead Route 6 from January 2 through January 11th, 2014.

 
 

MATBUS Holiday Hours 2013

23 Dec

MATBUS Regular Routes & Paratransit

December 24:
Fixed Route:     Service ends at 5:15 p.m.; the last bus leaves the GTC at 4:45p.m.
No evening bus service is offered.

Paratransit: Service ends at 5:15 p.m.; last passenger must be dropped off by that time.

December 25: Christmas Day – NO MATBUS SERVICES

December 31: New Year’s Eve – Regular Service

January 1: New Year’s Day – NO MATBUS SERVICES

North Dakota State University (NDSU) Routes
NO BUS SERVICE on Routes 31, 32, 33 and 35 from December 23, 2013 – January 12, 2014
(Regular service on Route 34 and evening service only on Route 13U
will be provided throughout the holiday break)

 

 
 

Santa Ditched the Sleigh & Hopped on a MATBUS!

11 Dec

FARGO, ND (Dec. 11, 2013) – MATBUS and the Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) are excited to help Santa “Go Green” in convenient comfort this holiday season. On Dec. 12 and 13, the two organizations will help Santa bring together downtown and the community for two events aimed at appreciating current MATBUS passengers and raising awareness about the opportunities available to new riders during the holidays.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4 – 6 p.m., the entire community is invited to visit Santa and one of MATBUS’ eco-friendly hybrid busses at US Bank Plaza, 2nd Ave. N. and Broadway, in downtown Fargo. Santa calls this his “Eco-Sleigh for the day” and it will be decorated with a gigantic illuminated Rudolph-like nose. Take pictures with Santa and the crew for FREE!  Candy canes will be available for kids in this family-friendly event and KFGO and Y94 will be broadcasting live. At 6 p.m., Santa and the bus will head to the YWCA to deliver gifts from the “Stuff the Bus” event (sponsored by KFGO, Y94 and MATBUS). Gifts for the YWCA can be brought to the event and added to the bus for delivery that night.

On Friday, Dec. 13 from 7 a.m. – noon, Santa will again “Ditch the Sleigh to Hop on a MATBUS.”  He will arrive at the Ground Transportation Center (GTC) at 502 NP Ave. in downtown Fargo to greet the morning transit passengers as they arrive. MATBUS and DCP staff will help Santa hand out Christmas ornaments. Santa and his helpers will then ride various MATBUS routes bringing cheer to passengers, including a trip to the NDSU campuses. Y-94 will be broadcasting live from the busses as well. Ornaments will continue to be handed out while supplies last.

“Our goal with these partnered events is to thank the community, as well as to encourage new riders to give MATBUS a try for a trip or two this holiday season,” states Amy L. Nash, Sustainability Coordinator for the Downtown Community Partnership. “Transit is a key component to a vital, connected and thriving community,”

“MATBUS provides exceptional, sustainable services to the F-M metro; these events are just a sampling of the many promotions we host each year to showcase our growing transit system,” states Gregg Schildberger, MATBUS Transit Planner.  “Take a ride on MATBUS each Saturday between now and New Year’s for just half fare.  If Santa can ditch the sleigh to hop on MATBUS, you can dump the car too!  Make sure to try our new MATBUS service to Dilworth starting on January 2nd.”