News & Events
'Fill the Flyer' food drive at area grocery stores December 9-14, at St. Cloud Hospital’s Festival of Lights Dec. 5
St. Cloud Metro Bus, and Townsquare Media are hosting a food drive at participating Coborn’s, Cash Wise, Byerly’s and Walmart stores to help area families this holiday season. The goal of the “Fill the Flyer” food drive is to collect a bus load of food and non-perishable items for the St. Cloud Salvation Army and the Catholic Charities Emergency Services food shelves. Donations can be dropped off at the New Flyer Metro Bus parked at the locations listed below.
“Fill the Flyer” Food Drive locations:
4-7 pm December 9: Coborn’s, located on Cooper Ave., St. Cloud
4-7 pm Tuesday, December 10: Cash Wise East, St. Cloud
4-7 pm Wednesday, December 11: Byerly’s, St. Cloud
4-7 pm Thursday, December 12: Coborn’s, Sauk Rapids
4-7 pm Friday, December 13: Cash Wise, Waite Park
10am -1pm Saturday, December 14: Walmart, Sartell
Metro Bus is partnering with St. Cloud Hospital to collect donations at the hospital’s Festival of Lights event Thursday evening, December 5. Attendees can bring their donation to the New Flyer brand Metro Bus parked near the Lakes entrance.
Metro Bus Operations Center Visitor Parking moved to Franklin Avenue during construction of CNG fueling station
Due to construction of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station facilities, visitors to the Metro Bus Operations Center, will need to park on Franklin Ave NE and follow signs leading them to the front entrance. The signs will guide visitors walk on a paved driveway which is used as a fueling lane for buses (not a driveway people can park in) and follow the sidewalk to the front door.
This re-routing is necessary from November 20 until mid-January while construction crews install an underground CNG pipe for the fueling station. See handout
About the CNG Project
CNG is a greener/cleaner and less expensive than diesel fuel and is produced in North America. Upon the completion of this project, Spring 2014, Metro Bus will be the first public transit system in Minnesota to operate a CNG fleet. The entire CNG construction project includes the building of CNG fueling and compressor stations at the Operations Center, building modifications for safety and replacing diesel fueled buses with clean CNG fueled buses. This project is paid for in part by a US DOT Clean Fuels grant.
Metro Bus will serve main Crossroads Center bus stop through Holiday shopping season; holiday service hours announced
Metro Bus routes will continue to use the bus shelters located on the south side of Crossroads Center throughout the entire shopping season from Thanksgiving through Christmas, rather than detour routes to Waite Ave, as in the past several years.
“We want riding Metro Bus to be an easy choice and good experience for holiday shoppers,” said Ryan Daniel, Metro Bus Executive Director. In the past, routes were detoured to a temporary bus stop on Waite Avenue to keep the buses on time during the busy shopping times. This year Metro Bus will schedule a standby driver to help during peak busy times to prevent excessive delays. “Riding Metro Bus is a solution for reducing and avoiding traffic congestion ― especially during this time of year,” Said Daniel. “However, getting around in the winter requires extra planning for everyone. Riders should anticipate a little delay during poor weather conditions and times of high traffic congestion, such as shopping at Crossroads Center between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and consider taking an earlier bus to keep themselves on time.”
Metro Bus Holiday Service Adjustments
Metro Bus is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 and will operate regular service on Friday, November 29. All Metro Bus services will close early on Christmas Eve, December 24 and will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Riders can stay informed about weather-related closings on KCLD (FM 104.7), KNSI (AM 1450 & FM 103.3) and WJON (AM1240) radio stations. Notifications will be posted on its Facebook page and Twitter feed. Route-specific detours are posted online. Crossroads Center is served by Routes 1, 2, 3, and 33 seven days a week, and Route 34 weekdays only.
Metro Bus route names to change to route number, effective November 3, 2013.
Metro Bus added numbers to route names in 2010, to make it easier for new riders to identify routes. On November 3, we are dropping the names to feature numbers only. Route numbers will appear on bus stop signs, buses and printed schedules. Rider handout