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July 14, 2014
4:00 Chatfield Bus Suspended
Due to sustained low ridership, beginning Monday 7/14/14, The 4:00 Chatfield bus will be suspended. Chatfield riders may ride the 4:10 Chatfield/Fountain/Preston bus to complete their trip. RCL recognizes that ridership is higher in the fall and winter, and we are prepared to reinstate the 4:00 bus when this becomes necessary later in the year. AM service to Rochester will NOT be affected by this change. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-288-4353.
June 30, 2014
Downtown Bus Stand Alterations
Effective Monday, July 7th, RCL will be making two alterations to downtown PM bus loading locations. These changes will increase safety and operational efficiency.
For questions, contact us at email@example.com or 507-288-4353.
June 25, 2014
Alternate Parking in Lewiston
The City of Lewiston is hosting the annual Heartland Days celebration this week.
The City has requested us to use the Lewiston-Altura High School parking lot for commuter pick up for TOMORROW and FRIDAY JUNE 26th and 27th. This will be for TWO DAYS ONLY, and will return to the regular commuter lot on Harrison Street next Monday 6/30.
For questions, please call RCL at 507-288-4353.
June 25, 2014
Viola Stop Temporarily Closed
Rochester City Lines has received news from the Olmsted County Public Works Department about some warranty work on County Road 2/Viola Road that will involve concrete repairs and joint sealing on the roadway. As a result, CR 2/Viola Road will be closed to all traffic from Thursday June 26-Monday, June 30th.
Due to this road closure, RCL will be unable to provide service to Viola during this time. We will resume service to this stop early next week as soon as the road is open again .
June 19, 2014
Note for Parking at Riverside Arena in Austin
Due to the high water in the area, Austin commuters may park along 4th Avenue NE on the north side of Riverside Arena until the water recedes. The buses will load and drop off in this same area.
June 19, 2014
Note for Preston Riders
Please note that beginning Monday, June 23rd, it is advised that commuters riding from Preston park on the west end of the fairgrounds, near the campers and grass area.
A crew will be painting the roof of the barn, and we would like to accommodate them and do our best to make sure you don't get any of their paint on your cars.
The paint job is expected to last most of the week.
June 18, 2014
Note for 3rd Avenue Bus Stand Area
This note is to make you aware of some upcoming work near your afternoon bus departure location on 3rd Avenue SW.
Rochester Public Utilities, will be doing electrical vault work in the east driving lane in the 200 Block of 3rd Avenue SW. The work will start on Monday, June 23rd and is scheduled to be complete Friday, June 27th, 2014. Access and parking for all Commuter Buses will remain open during this time.
RCL encourages all bus riders to be mindful and aware of your surroundings during this time. We anticipate that sidewalks will remain open and accessible for all commuters during the week as you make your way to the bus.
May 19th, 2014
Service to Co-Op at Highway 56 & I-90 to end May 30th
Due to a forthcoming building construction project on the site, Rochester City Lines will be unable to provide service to the I-90 & Hwy 56 stop (also known as the Cenex, Brownsdale or Co-op stop) on the Austin route after May 30th, 2014. While this will reduce the number of stops on the Austin route, there are no current plans to change any of the departure times for Austin or Dexter. For questions, comments or feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-288-4353.
May 12, 2014
Stewartville Service Announcement from RCL
Due to declining ridership, Rochester City Lines will be combining the 7:06am and 5:12pm Stewartville run with Spring Valley service, effective June 2nd. Separate service will end after May 30th.
Service in Stewartville will be delivered to the primary location at the Eastwood Bank/City Hall parking lot located at Main Street and 3rd St NE.
The departure time from Stewartville will be 7:13, with arrival times to Rochester at 7:35 (St Marys Campus) and 7:40 (downtown Rochester). PM departure will be from the Spring Valley stand on 2nd Ave SW (directly south of the current location) at 5:12, with a St Marys Campus departure of 5:15pm.
We at Rochester City Lines will make every effort to ensure this is a smooth transition and we appreciate your continued ridership and support through this transition.
For questions or comments, please call 507-288-4353 or email email@example.com.
May 12, 2014
REVISED Construction Detour Announcement for Spring Valley & Stewartville
After a closer analysis and an effort to allow for on-time arrivals to Rochester, it has been determined that an earlier departure will benefit riders on the Spring Valley/Stewartville routes during this summer’s construction. Beginning Monday, May 19th:
-All Spring Valley departures will be 5 minutes earlier than the current times. This means that the departures from Sunshine Foods will be at 5:50, 6:20 and 6:50am.
-All Stewartville departures will be moved to 2 minutes earlier than the current times. Departures from the City Hall/Eastwood Bank parking lot will be 6:13, 6:43 and 7:13am.
We are confident that this will take into account any excess traffic on County Road 1 and still allow riders to reach their destination by the posted times. PM departure times from Rochester will not change.
Note for Racine riders: For those riders from the Racine area who choose to ride from Grand Meadow, Spring Valley or other area towns further away, RCL will honor your current bus pass from your alternate choice of town for the full duration of the construction.
May 9, 2014
3:45 Dexter service ending June 1st
Due to lack of demand, Rochester City Lines will be discontinuing the 3:45 Dexter Express run effective June 1st. The last day of service will be Friday, May 30th.
At this time there will be no other changes to the remaining Austin/Dexter routes. We appreciate your continued ridership through this transition.
For questions or comments, please call 507-288-4353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 8, 2014
Pine Island Parking Summertime Shuffle Starts May 12th
With the advent of summer, the beautiful Douglas Trail connecting Rochester and Pine Island sees a substantial increase in foot and bike traffic. With that increase comes cramped parking conditions at the main Douglas Trail parking lot in Pine Island, making a change necessary. To help commuters find a parking spot, the RCL commuter bus will begin loading at 3rd St NE & 3rd Ave NE on Monday, May 12th. As in years past, this will be the parking location until the busy summer season is over. Thanks for your cooperation, and as always, thanks for riding with RCL!
April 30, 2014
U.S. 63 Summer Detour (Spring Valley to Stewartville)
***PLEASE SEE REVISED UPDATE ABOVE ON PAGE FROM MAY 12***
Beginning Monday, May 19th, Rochester City Lines’ Spring Valley/Racine commuter routes will detour off U.S. 63. Detours will remain in effect for the duration of the MN-DOT resurfacing project, which is expected to finish in September of this year. Spring Valley AM routes will follow County Road 1 north to Highway 30 and then follow 30 into Stewartville. PM routes will travel the reverse route. How will this affect you as a bus rider?
Spring Valley Riders: There will be NO changes to the AM or PM schedules or pickup locations.
Racine Riders: We will be unable to provide service to Racine for the full duration of the construction project. Racine riders may use service in Stewartville or other towns in the area.
Stewartville Riders: There will be NO changes to the AM or PM schedules or pickup locations.
For questions about commuter service, please contact RCL at 507-288-4353 or email@example.com.
For information about the construction project, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy63-resurfacing/index.html
RCL would like to thank you in advance for your continued ridership during this time. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.
February 13, 2014
Winona Park & Ride Location to Move
Effective March 3rd, Rochester City Lines will begin utilizing the Wal-Mart parking lot at 955 Frontenac Dr for Winona commuter service. A recent change in ownership of the current JC Penney site has prompted this change, and after searching for a new place to call home, Wal-Mart has welcomed us with open arms. They will provide commuters with parking in a designated area of their parking lot (see map below) at no charge. This site will provide increased lighting, safety and security for commuters, as well as the convenience of quick access to the store. The final day of service to the JC Penney lot will be Friday, February 28th.
To continue to arrive in Rochester on the same timetables, the new location also means an adjustment in the departure times from Winona each morning. Effective Monday, March 3rd, the NEW departure times will be: 5:25, 5:55 & 6:25am. Rochester City Lines would like to thank Wal-Mart for accommodating our service, and encourages commuters to park in the designated areas to help us establish a good relationship with the store.
February 12, 2014
Two Downtown Commuter Stands Relocating
Effective Monday, February 24th, Rochester City Lines will be permanently relocating two commuter bus stands. All Winona buses and all Kasson, Byron, Dodge Center and Hayfield buses will relocate from their current spots to the south end of the 300 block of 2ndAve SW. Please see the color-coded map below for a detailed image of the changes. At the time of the move, the commuter bus street signs will be moved to the new stands to help riders identify which buses will load in which stands. Service to the St Marys Campus will not be affected by this move.
This change is at the request of the City of Rochester.
January 28th, 2014
Stewartville Parking Location to Change February 3rd
The City of Stewartville has requested that Rochester City Lines provide commuter service to the original parking lot at the City Hall/Eastwood Bank site. This move from the current location will be effective Monday, February 3rd. With the recent construction in this area, there is a new sidewalk along 1st Street E that accommodates safe and accessible on-street boarding. When the move takes place, all commuter buses will load along 1st Street between the bank and City Hall and will not pull into the parking lot.
Rochester City Lines thanks the City of Stewartville for their continued partnership so that we may continue to provide safe, accessible and convenient commuter service to Rochester.
January 8, 2014
January Edition of The Riders' Report
Click here to view the January edition of The Riders' Report, the official Rochester City Lines newsletter
January 7, 2014
Updated Byron Departure Time
November 26th, 2013
RCL Announces 2014 Fares
There will be a modest fare increase for 2014. See the information below.
November 20th, 2013
Stewartville Winter Overflow Parking
With snow in the not-too-distant future, the City of Stewartville has agreed to make additional parking spaces available in the area of the commuter bus pickup spot. On days when the angled parking along 2nd St SE is completely filled up, overflow parking will be available in the highlighted areas on the satellite image below. The buses will continue to make one stop in the regular location, loading all passengers in the area. RCL would like to thank the City for their assistance in this matter, and as always we thank you for your continued ridership.
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-288-4353.
October 24th, 2013
Chatfield Park & Ride to Move
In cooperation with Kwik Trip and the City of Chatfield, Rochester City Lines will move the current Park & Ride location from behind the former elementary school at 4th and Twiford to the new Kwik Trip, located at 150 Hwy 30 in Chatfield. This move will take place on Monday, November 4th. Service on Main Street near the Greenway Coop will continue to be provided for riders who walk from the surrounding neighborhoods. This move will NOT affect the 6:40/6:50 bus. For riders who move to Kwik Trip, the parking area will be on the NW side of the property.
Times will be as follows:
Greenway Coop: 5:44am, 6:13am, 7:08am
New Kwik Trip: 5:46am, 6:15am, 7:10am
Rochester City Lines thanks the City of Chatfield for their partnership during the last several years, and also thanks Kwik Trip for welcoming us to their new and expanded location. Kwik Trip is a valued partner that brings value to RCL and our riders in several different communities across Southeast Minnesota. We encourage Chatfield riders to support Kwik Trip by shopping at their new store. For questions, please contact RCL at email@example.com or call 507-288-4353.
August 26th, 2013
Service to New Park & Ride Lot in Kasson Begins Tuesday, 9/3
Rochester City Lines has been informed that the new commuter lot located at the SW corner of Hwy 14 and Mantorville Ave (across from Kwik Trip) will open on Tuesday, September 3rd. On this date RCL will discontinue using the Kasson Middle School parking lot and begin using the new commuter lot. Service times will remain the same for the first three buses (5:53, 6:07 and 6:43). The late bus will have a slight adjustment. This bus will now make a stop at 4th St & 2nd Ave SW at 7:10 and depart from the new commuter lot at 7:12. Rochester City Lines would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Kasson for the construction of this lot to support the strong connection between these two great cities. We look forward to serving you from this new location!
August 12, 2013
Daily Service from Rochester to Minneapolis Starts September 3rd
August 6, 2013
Service expansion announcement for Preston, Fountain and Chatfield
Following the recent survey conducted on the 4:00 Chatfield and 4:10 Preston bus, Rochester City Lines is excited to announce a service addition coming Tuesday, September 3rd. This will include a 4th bus for Preston, Fountain and Chatfield in the morning, and a 3:40 bus to Preston, Fountain and Chatfield in the afternoon. Changes will be implemented on Tuesday, September 3rd after Labor Day.
Riders of the early AM bus will also see changes. The current bus will move back 8 minutes to accommodate a true 6:30 start time. It will depart Preston at 5:22, Fountain at 5:29 and Chatfield at 5:47, with new scheduled arrival times of 6:10 at St. Mary’s and 6:15 downtown.
The new bus will become the new 7:00 bus and will depart Preston at 5:52, Fountain at 5:59, Chatfield at 6:17, and arrive at St. Mary’s at 6:40, and downtown at 6:45. The 7:30 bus will also move back by 5 minutes to provide a few extra minutes for riders to reach their destination. The 8:00 bus will not change.
In the afternoon, the 4:00 Chatfield bus will continue to run on an as-needed basis. RCL will monitor passenger loads on all buses to ensure overcrowding does not happen. You can check out the revised service schedules by clicking on where you ride from:
We at RCL would also like to take this opportunity to encourage you to use our Refer a Friend program. For each new rider that you bring onto the bus, we will reward you with $25. This service addition comes with the expectation that as we add service, we will be able to attract more riders from the area. We would greatly appreciate your help in recruiting some new friendly faces to the bus.
Thank you, and thanks for riding; we love serving you!
June 7, 2013
Rochester City Lines Seeing Record Growth
May 30, 2013
Stockton Parking Change
Effective Monday June 10th, the current bus stop in Stockton at F Street will move two blocks east to Hwy 14 and D Street. The City has offered the north parking lot at the city hall as an option for off street parking (see map below). The bus will stay on Hwy 14 in the AM and load at the intersection of D Street at its current departure times of 5:43, 6:13 & 6:43. The shelter at this intersection can be used for waiting for the bus. For your safety in the evening, the bus will drop passengers off at the city hall parking lot on 6th Street. Parking on D Street is at your discretion. RCL encourages you to check current city ordnance to make sure it is legal. Because this is a City-implemented change, questions or concerns should be brought to the attention of the City of Stockton.
March 6, 2013
Comprehensive Parking Reform for Lake City
It has been brought to our attention that the current in-town location which has been in place for about 3 weeks now is not achieving the safety, satisfaction or compromise that we had hoped for. To hopefully bring this issue to rest, please see the below note that we received from Lake City Police Chief Gary Majchrzak:
“What we have done is worked out a plan where the central stop in Lake City will be returned to the public parking lot on Marion and High St. (where it used to be). We have made arrangements whereby city employees will shift their vehicle parking to the fire department lot, across the street. This should loosen up the public lot for commuter bus riders.”
To assist with this move, Rochester City Lines will be making the following service changes, effective Monday, March 11th:
Rochester City Lines recognizes and validates the frustration of having to move you- our beloved riders- from place to place, but we are hopeful that this new arrangement will bring a lasting solution that will work best for everyone. As always, we encourage and welcome your feedback on any aspect of our service.
Thank you, and thanks for riding.
March 6, 2013
March Newsletter is out!
The March edition of our newsletter The Riders' Report is now available.
February 8, 2013
Rochester City Lines Hits Million Mile Mark
January 9, 2013
RCL Publishes GTFS Data
Rochester City Lines continues to lead the way in utilizing emerging technologies with the publication of their General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data. By partnering with Portland, Oregon based Trillium Transit Solutions, information, prices and times on every RCL commuter route can now be discovered by searching for public transit options in Google Maps and 3rd party mobile apps for transit; allowing even more riders to save money, relax and preserve the environment by discovering and taking advantage of existing public transit services like RCL.
December 24th, 2012
Dexter Commuter Parking News
This news story is shared on behalf of Lake Geo Travel Plaza
Rochester City Lines would like to thank the Pit Stop Bar & Grill and Lake Geo Travel Plaza for providing a clean and safe parking area for commuter riders during the past several years. It has been and will continue to be an asset to riders both now and in the future.
Starting in 2013, parking at the Lake Geo Travel Plaza will be by permit only. Commuter riders that leave their vehicles parked for the day will need to register for either a Monthly or Daily parking permit. The cost for a Monthly permit will be $20. In return, permit holders will receive a Coffee Card with 14 punches. Each punch is valid for one cup of coffee valued at $1.50 each, for a monthly Coffee Card total of $21. If coffee is not your thing, an alternative beverage can be substituted. For occasional parkers, daily parking permits are available at a cost of $2.00 per day and will not qualify for a beverage.
To register, go into the convenience store at Lake Geo and provide them with the following information:
You may register up to two vehicles. Vehicles not registered will be subject to towing at the owners expense. For further details or questions, Rochester City Lines encourages you to call the Lake Geo Travel Plaza at 507-584-1801.
December 12, 2012
Bus Riders Continue to Connect Hassle-Free
Rochester City Lines, Mayo Clinic and the City of Rochester extended an agreement this week that will allow commuter riders to continue to transfer to in-town transit routes at no additional charge during the coming year. Commuter riders can complete their trip on any in-town route using their Rochester City Lines 10-Ride, monthly or annual pass. For details, call us at 507-288-4353.
September 5th, 2012
New RCL E-Newsletter The Riders Report now available
The Riders Report, the new enewsletter from Rochester City Lines hit inboxes across the web yesterday. If you didn't get yours, you can read it online and sign up for your own by clicking the link below.
July 10th, 2012
New Rochester City Lines App Delivers Instant Information to Bus Riders
Riders of all ages now have access to news, schedules, and savings.
February 1, 2012
RCL Recognized as "Innovative Operator" in Motorcoach Industry
Rochester City Lines is proud to share that we have been chosen as one of seven “Innovative Operators” in North America by recognized industry trade journal Metro Magazine. The January 2012 issue features a full page story and is titled “Integrity of Service Keeps Minnesota Coach Operations Robust”. The article highlights the Holter family’s 52 year legacy of providing first-class quality transportation through Richfield Bus Company, Heartland Tours, and Rochester City Lines.
In the article, RCL general manager Dan Holter states that “dependability and service” are the driving principles that have been handed down to him from his parents, who founded RCL in 1966. Speaking about the recognition, Holter says “We are honored to be noted for the work of our family and employees. There is a great amount of joy in providing service to others. The bus service can be very difficult as those in the industry know. We have learned to be good ducks. We stay calm on the surface and paddle hard to earn a job well done.”
We at RCL would like to thank each and every one of you, our riders. Without you, this award would not be possible, and it is because of your participation through comments, phone calls, and surveys, that we can continue to serve you as a leading innovator in the motorcoach industry.
To read the full article in the January 2012 issue of Metro Magazine, click here.
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