The public transportation system is the backbone for many people with disability and their ability to live independently. People with disabilities make up approximately 20% of Minnesota’s population and for many of them public transportation is the only source of transportation available to get to work, school and medical appointment. In many parts of Minnesota, public transit service is limited or nonexistent, particularly during evening hours and weekends.
As of 2013, one county (Wilkin) still do not have any public transportation services. In addition, eight counties contain cities with city service but do not have county-wide service (Clearwater, Cass, Nicollet, LeSueur, Rice, Blue Earth, Freeborn, and Olmsted).
MSCOD recognizes that the availability of accessible public transportation can greatly impact one’s ability to participate fully in our community. MSCOD continues to work on expanding accessible public transportation throughout the Minnesota.