Due to the closing of 1st Avenue North and upcoming construction projects in downtown Fargo, LinkFM will follow a new route. There will be 14 designated bus stops along the new route, which will be 15-20 minutes long. Service to the Hjemkomst Center will be only on request of passengers and during specific events.
Celebrate Earth Week
By Getting Your “Can” On The Bus
April 18 – 23, 2016
Riding MATBUS will cost only one aluminum can! (this
promotional fare applies only to MATBUS fixed route service)
Drawings for FREE giveaways. Registration forms are available on MATBUS vehicles and at the GTC.
Join us for the Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 – 5 at the Red River Zoo.
MATBUS routes are now available via the Google Maps app and ready for public use. Passengers can use the application to plan their trips using public transportation, exploring their options for routes and the timelines available to reach their destinations.
Google Maps has long been a popular tool for residents planning trips by car. With the addition of MATBUS data into the Google network, the same functionality is now available for trips taken on public transit. Instead of selecting the car or walking symbol in the Google Maps app or desktop website, users can choose the bus icon to see MATBUS trip planning data.
Once the transit option has been indicated, along with the starting point and destination, Google Maps will generate a list of possible trips. The user can select a preference for specific departure or arrival time, explore schedules for future trips and find the nearest bus stop to their location. There are also options to select trips with fewer transfers between routes or less walking between destinations.
Once the preferred trip is chosen, passengers can follow a map with walking directions to their first bus stop. They will also have a plan readily available to know which route to take and, if necessary, when to transfer between routes.
MATBUS integration with Google will make trip planning much easier for those riding the bus, allowing passengers to access schedules and routes “on-demand” when most convenient. This will provide much more freedom for riders already using MATBUS services and remove another barrier to those wanting to try MATBUS for the first time.
Google maps is available in the app stores for both Android and Apple users, as well as in desktop and mobile formats. MATBUS will continue to have maps and printed time schedules available for those who prefer that format.
“Our society is in the midst of a data evolution; our residents have come to expect data available instantly at their fingertips. Now, if you are seeking ways to incorporate MATBUS into your daily commute, you can just Google it,” remarked Julie Bommelman, Interim Transit Director for the City of Fargo. “I hope this additional tool will help us grow transit in the Fargo-Moorhead metro.”
MATBUS is the largest rideshare program in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, providing more than 2.1 million rides in 2015.
The iGoEco Challenge is returning this spring, and it’s better than ever! Amazing prizes and eco-friendly advice, brought to you by our favorite senior, Liddy. She’s back, and she wants to reward you for going green—it’s so easy! Be on the lookout for her #LiddysLessons on TV commercials, radio stations, billboards, and more.
This year, the Challenge runs from April 4 through May 8. Sign up now at iGoEcoChallenge.com to be the running for our pre-registration prize of a $50 gift card to a local restaurant, courtesy of Big 98.7, Bob 95, and 96.9 HitsFM. Then, just log your eco-friendly transportation alternative on the website once each week. It takes less than 30 seconds and places you into the drawing for a $400 prize!
Just walk, bike, carpool, rollerblade or MATBUS it! If you participate in all five challenges, you’ll be eligible for our grand prize drawing—a 55″ Samsung Curved UltraHD Smart TV, courtesy of Gate City Bank.
So what are you waiting for? Get registered today at iGoEcoChallenge.com.
Detour beginning March 22, 2016
Due to railroad crossing improvements on 12th Avenue South in Moorhead, Route 3 will be detoured as follows:
Route 3: Will take 20th Street between 12th Avenue and Hwy 10. It will then take Hwy 10 to Cashwise and back on route. (see map)
Alternative bus stops for this area are located on Route 3 at 21st Street & 4th Avenue South and on Route 9 at 34th Street & 12th Avenue South by Casey’s General Store.
This detour will last approximately 2 weeks.
Take LinkFM to the Hjemkomst Celtic Festival!
On Saturday March 12, LinkFM will be running every 7 minutes from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Check out GoLinkFM.com for more.
We are seeking comments on proposed route and service alternatives for MATBUS’ five-year plan. The maps and charts show those routes that have the potential to change, and the advantages and disadvantages of the changes and cost. If you do not see the route on the map, NO CHANGES ARE BEING CONSIDERED and the route is expected to remain as it is currently.
To see the maps, charts and a comment form you may click on the following link:
Comment deadline is March 15, 2016.