RCL Adds Daily Route to Minneapolis

Posted at: 08/14/2013 6:55 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's been more than a year since Rochester City Lines lost its contract with the City of Rochester. Now, another appeal has been filed in the lawsuit between the bus company, and the city.     

"We see it being able to reach a broad range of riders," said Christian Holter, with Rochester City Lines.

Starting September third, a new route is being added to the Rochester City Lines schedule.

"Its a commuter route for people traveling from Rochester into downtown Minneapolis for the day. It's a route that essentially accomodates and allows you to be in the cities from 8 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon and we just take care of the drive for you," said Holter.

Commuters can board the bus around 5:45am in Rochester, and be in downtown Minneapolis by 7:40am. The goal is to accommodate daily commuters, occasional business travelers, and even just your average day tripper.

"Maybe a day trip to an afternoon theater show, or a day of shopping on Nicolette Mall," said Holter.

The announcement for the new route comes just days after Rochester City Lines began filing an appeal in an ongoing lawsuit against the City of Rochester.

"So it's finished in Olmsted County District Court, and the next step is the Minnesota Court of Appeals," said Holter.

That's something that is not surprising to Rochester city officials.

"Rochester City Lines has taken many depositions, filed numerous motions, the way they approached the case, it was almost as if no stone shall be unturned," said Terry Adkins, the Rochester City Attorney.

A decision on that appeal is expected sometime early next year, and then the city is hoping to put it all behind them.

"We'll go on to the appeal, and we'll take it from there. Hopefully this time next year, this matter will be done," said Adkins.

And Rochester City Lines is hoping this new business venture is one step forward in the right direction.

"I definitely think it's something we would be doing regardless. The commuter and also our charter divisions are the two other arms of our business and so we definitely devote time and resources to all areas of our business and we want to thrive and excel to serve our customers the best we can," said Holter.

As far as the new route goes, the first week, RCL is offering free rides so people can test it out. After that, a 10-ride pass wil cost $133, and a monthly pass will cost $295.