Tri-Valley Transportation also known as T.H.E. Bus (Tri-Valley Heartland Express) is a division of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. (TVOC). TVOC is a community action agency serving citizens since 1965 and an Affirmative Action / Americans with Disabilities / Equal Opportunity Corporation.
T.H.E. Bus is a curb to curb service and provides public transportation services to the general public in seven Minnesota counties, Polk, Red Lake, Norman, Marshall, Kittson, Pennington and Clearwater. Buses run through these counties on various days with various destinations. Our public transit buses are available with no age limits or income guidelines. Buses have seating available for up to 45 passengers. Each bus is handicap accessible with two accessible entrances. If passengers are unable to use the door he/she may request the use of the lift. Each driver has been trained to properly use the lift and secure mobility devices within the buses.
Transportation services are used for a variety of reasons, which include; medical, nutritional, social, recreational, shopping, work, school, and other personal activities. Destinations include but not limited to; Grand Forks, Bemidji, Thief River Falls, Fargo/Moorhead, and Crookston. Tri-Valley Transportation provides safe, friendly, and dependable transportation at a reasonable price. In the cities of Crookston, Thief River Falls, and Bagley Tri-Valley Transportation offers subscription service and general dial-a-ride service. People that need transportation on a regular basis at the same time would be considered a subscription service customer. T.H.E. Bus is funded depending on the service it is provided.
In-town and rural transportation is funded through the Public Transportation grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The grant provides 80% operating costs with 20% local match (farebox). This grant is used to enhance access of people in non-urbanized areas to health care, shopping, education, employment, public services, and recreation. It is used to assist in the maintenance, development, improvement, and use of public transportation systems in non-urbanized areas.
Commuter routes for the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) and Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC) are funded through a Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, using 50% federal funds with the remaining 50% of the funds coming from local sources. The JARC grant is used for unique transportation challenges faced by the public and used to assist students affordable transportation.
The New Freedom Grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation is another way to provide transportation to Americans with disabilities. This grant provides 80% of funds and 20% local matches to provide services. With this grant, we are able to provide services to people with disabilities by having two accessible entrances in each bus and maintain handicap accessible features on each bus.
|Crookston Transit Office||Thief River Falls Transit Office|
|1345 Fairfax Ave||PO Box 236|
|Crookston, MN 56716||524 Barzen Ave|
|Local – 218-281-0700||Thief River Falls, MN 56701|
|Toll Free – 800-201-3432||Local – 218-681-6760|
|Fax – 218-281-0732||Toll Free – 800-951-9363|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Fax – Fax – 218-281-0732|