This September, St. Cloud Metro Bus surveyed bus riders about their travel habits as part of a process to update its long range transit plan. Tom Cruikshank, Managing Director of Operations & Planning, said “Because this is a long-range plan, input is needed from a variety of sources to forecast what this community will look like in 10 years.”

The process began earlier this year with meetings with “local city officials and leadership from St. Cloud State University,” according to the transit provider. This summer, online community surveys were targeted to St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, and St. Joseph. Metro Bus was asked to explore expanding service to St. Joseph. It would require the city joining the transit commission. Community meetings are set for October. The plan will be presented to the public at the end of the year.

Earlier this year, Metro Bus updated its fleet with 23 buses that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and built a CNG fueling station, according to the St. Cloud Times. “Metro Bus is the first transit system in the state to convert to CNG,” said the May 16 story.