Rainbow Rider is your public transit system serving all residents of Douglas County, Pope County, Grant County, Stevens County, Traverse County and Todd County. We have no income or age restrictions and no forms to fill out.
- Douglas county:
- Monday – Friday: 6:30am to 6pm
- Grant county:
- Monday – Friday: 7am to 4:30pm
- City of Glenwood, Starbuck, and Pope County:
- Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 4pm
- Stevens County:
- Monday – Friday: 7:30am to 5pm
- Traverse County:
- Monday – Friday: 7:30am to 4pm
- Long Prairie/Todd County:
- Monday – Friday: 7:30am to 4:30pm
Our volunteer drivers travel any time. If you have other travel needs that we cannot meet at this time, we do encourage you to fill out our requested service survey.
Our dispatch center, at 1-800-450-7770 or 320-283-5061 (locally) is open from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Our dispatchers can reach bus drivers via two-way radios and cellular phones when your plans change at the last minute.
Up to one week in advance. All rides are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance notice assures your ride on your schedule but even last minute trips can often be accommodated.
Small animals may be transported in cages. Service dogs travel without restriction.
We offer door-to-door service with extra special care given to children and senior citizens. Door-to-door service means drivers assist passengers with a steadying arm between the bus and exterior door of their pick-up and drop-off locations and/or can carry up to three small packages (up to 25 pounds or what can be carried in one trip). Ask your dispatcher for more details.
Bus fare is just $2.00 per for a 0 to 5 mile trip, $4.00 for a 5.1 to 10 mile trip, $5.00 for a 10.1 to 20 mile trip, and $2.00 for every 10 miles thereafter. Children ages 3-11 are half fare when traveling with an adult, full fare when traveling alone. Children under 3 years of age are always free and must be accompanied by an adult. See our fares page for details.
No. Aides for passengers needing assistance travel at no charge.
For your convenience, tickets are available for purchase at face value. Punch cards containing fifty $0.50 punches are also available for $22.50 for a savings of $2.50. Ask your dispatcher or see our fares page for details.
Our dispatch office is closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. No bus service is provided on the above days or on New Year’s Day.