Together Moving Forward!

Meet Our Team                            

Dan Holter- General Manager

Joe Jacobson- Administrator

Craig Wendt- Maintenance Division

Christian Holter- Director of Operations

MORE Bios and interviews coming soon... Meet the rest of the team

Our History

One of the few city bus lines never operated by a government agency, Rochester City Lines is a family-owned company committed to providing you with personal service and promoting family values.

Since 1959, George and Marilyn Holter, along with their family, have diligently worked to provide the finest transportation using the most comfortable and dependable equipment available. Starting in the Twin Cities, and soon expanding to Rochester, the company grew along with the Holter family.

The Beginning of RCL was in the summer of 1966 when the city of Rochester had been without any bus service for several months. With the encouragement of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, George and Marilyn Holter went to the Rochester City Council and were granted a franchise “to establish, maintain, and operate a public regular route bus transit system and related services…” in the city. RCL has steadily worked to develop and maintain a world-class transit system in Rochester since that time.

1978 saw RCL expanding beyond Rochester city limits with the first commuter and park & ride buses offering daily service to and from Stewartville, with Kasson and Byron soon following. In 2003 Rochester City Lines was honored as “Transit System of the Year” by the Minnesota Public Transit Association, given for excellence in service, reliability, and safety.

Today, commuter buses serve over 40 communities in Southeast Minnesota. RCL’s efforts were recognized in the January 2012 issue of Metro Magazine, which named RCL an “Innovative Operator.”

George and Marilyn’s son Dan and his wife, Clavonne, currently manage Rochester City Lines in Rochester, MN. They have worked to surround themselves with experienced and knowledgeable staff, eager to provide enjoyable and dependable transportation for travelers of all ages.


We fuel our motorcoaches with a B20 blend, an environmentally friendly bio-diesel that reduces carbon emissions. Bio-diesel is biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.

Motorcoaches are the most fuel-efficient transportation mode in North America when measured in terms of passenger miles per gallon of fuel.

A motorcoach with 56 passengers on board can achieve over 350 passenger miles per gallon. In contrast, passenger miles per gallon of fuel (single-occupant automobiles) achieve 28 passenger miles per gallon.  *Figures cited from RCL internal review*

Switching to motorcoach travel for the 12,500 miles traveled annually by the average automobile would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4.3 tons per automobile annually.

Motorcoaches emit the least carbon dioxide (CO2) per passenger mile when compared to other vehicles, and are on average 6 times more energy and fuel-efficient than single occupancy automobiles.

Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by an average of 85% per passenger mile for every person who chooses motorcoach travel instead of driving alone.

Motorcoaches are 3 times more efficient in reducing C02 output when compared to commuter rail, and 5 times more efficient than transit buses.

*Figures are cited from the "2006 Annual Report: Impacts of MotorCoach Industry on Society and the Economy," produced by Nathan Associates and from "Comparison of Energy Use & CO2 Emmissions From Different Transportation Modes," produced by M.J. Bradley & Associates.  The full studies are available online at

Our Country

More than 2,000 new motorcoaches are manufactured each year at an average purchase price of $450,000.00 amounting to nearly $1 billion annually.  Motorcoach traveler and tourist demand generates more than $44 billion annually in economic transactions.

By Building nearly $1 billion worth of motorcoaches, 15,000 jobs are required in the motorcoach manufacturing industry and among its suppliers.

Every $1 invested in new motorcoaches generates an additional $1.65 of spending throughout numerous sectors of the economy, for a total of more than $1.2 billion spent on tour and travel each year.

The motorcoach industry binds the nation together. It provides 631,000,000 passenger trips annually. Its national network of terminals includes more than 3 times the number of airports and intercity rail stations.