NEWSBRIEF: Connector bus loop service gets funded for year 2

Thanks to generous community sponsors, the Community Thread Connector Loop bus service will continue to operate into next year. 

“We are so fortunate to have community supporters who understand the value of transportation and how it impacts quality of life. To have new funders step up demonstrates the difference this service makes for those who use the bus loop,” Sally Anderson, executive director of Community Thread, said. 

New supporters this year include Andersen Corporate Foundation, the City of Stillwater and the Greater Stillwater Area Chamber of Commerce. Returning sponsors are Allina Health-Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, the City of Oak Park Heights, Lakeview Hospital and the Rotary Club of Stillwater.

The fixed-route bus service runs every Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Stillwater and Oak Park Heights. There are no sign-up requirements and riders of all ages and income levels are welcome to use the service. 

The bus makes scheduled stops at housing complexes including Ann Bodlovick Apartments,  Boutwells Landing, Rivertown Commons, Oak Park Senior Living, Raymie Johnson Estates, and Green Twig Villas. Residents of Birchwood Commons may board the bus at the First Presbyterian Church.

The bus seats 16 people and is handicap-accessible. With a $3 all-you-can-ride fare, riders may get on and off at any of the stops along the loop, including shopping, healthcare and community services destinations. 

Riders may request to be dropped off at retail destinations along the route. The bus also travels to Valley Outreach, which makes appointments for people wanting to shop at the food shelf on Monday afternoons.

Riders who live within two blocks of the route may request to be picked up at their home by calling DARTS at 651-234-2272 the week prior to the service. For more information or to see the two block radius, go to www.CommunityTheadmn.org or call Community Thread at 651-439-7434 for a schedule. 

For over 50 years, Community Thread has connected people, neighborhoods and lives together to strengthen the community. The nonprofit’s mission is to leverage resources and volunteers to improve the quality of life for adults and their families in the local community. The vision of Community Thread is a community where all people are engaged, enriched and connected. To learn more, people can visit www.CommunityThreadMN.org, or call 651-439-7434.

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