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Published On: March 25th, 2024|Categories: News, Semcac in the Media, Updates|

Upgraded Semcac transit bus available for Houston County


Feb 19, 2024

Bill Spitzer, director of transportation at Semcac Transportation, gave a 15-minute presentation to the Caledonia Chamber of Commerce at its February meeting.

“We are excited to introduce the E450 Transit bus, which represents a significant leap forward in our local service area,” said Spitzer. “This new bus reflects our commitment to the Caledonia area and showcases our dedication to providing top-notch public transportation.”

The service is strictly dial-a-ride with a doorstep-to-doorstep service operation. The bus will pick up anyone that needs a ride during the service hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Schedule rides by calling 800-528-7622 or visit

Ridership has increased as more people become aware of this service in the Caledonia area. For Caledonia, in January 2024, 459 rides were given. For all of 2023, 4,900 passengers rode 12,785 miles for 3.840 hours. 22.75 rides per day were given, the second busiest route for Semcac Transportation, which has provided services for Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Fillmore, and Houston Counties since 2013.

The Caledonia area bus service can make trips to any place in Caledonia, Houston, LaCrescent or Spring Grove, and is not limited to medical appointments. Rides can be back and forth between cities, but this service can’t be used for multiple stops within a city where city public transportation exists, such as La Crescent.

Rides are available for grocery shopping, appointments or getting to work. The fares are $2.00 local, one way, in town rides (where Semcac buses provide service); $2.00 round trip routes to Semcac Senior Dining; $3.00 one way, within 8 miles (or community to community); and $6.00 for one way, traveling beyond 8 miles from any area.

The free Transit app, for iPhone or Android phones, is now available system-wide for booking a ride and making payments. Coming soon: The transit service will be adding the feature that people will be able to book a connection with Jefferson Lines as well.

Rolling Hills Transit is owned and operated by Semcac. It is a regional public transit service committed to enhancing accessibility and connectivity for everyone in the community. With a focus on inclusivity, our transit system strives to serve a diverse range of individuals, offering reliable and affordable transportation solutions. Rolling Hills Transit is equipped with accessible vehicles to accommodate passengers with mobility challenges, ensuring that everyone can travel comfortably and safely. It has licensed and experienced drivers.

Semcac is a Community Action Agency and part of the Minnesota Community Action Partnership network, consisting of 24 agencies plus Indigenous Tribes across the State of Minnesota.  Also, Minnesota is part of the National Community Action network of over 1,000 agencies, nationwide. Community Action celebrates 60 years of helping people and changing lives in 2024.

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