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City of Minot schedules Ride Transit Free week Aug. 14-18
The City of Minot will offer a Ride Transit Free week from Aug. 14-18. During those days, there will be no charge to use the City of Minot Transit buses.  “We offered a Ride Transit Free week last year, and it was very well-received by the residents of Minot,” said Brian Horinka, Superintendent of Transit for the City of Minot. “It provides an opportunity for our regular riders to use the system free for a week, but it also helps showcase the system for those who may be less familiar with what the City of Minot transit system has to offer.”

During the Ride Transit Free week, the City buses will run their regular routes. In conjunction with the free week, Horinka said the City will launch a new mobile application to help riders track buses on their smartphone or through the Minot City Transit website on an in-teractive map. The RouteShout 2.0 app can be downloaded on iPhone and Android devices at no cost from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Riders will now be able to more conveniently plan trips, reduce wait times at bus stops, and be notified of any schedule or route changes in real-time through their smartphone.  “Minot City Transit is very excited to offer this tool to our riders,” said Horinka. “We want to provide all our riders who rely on us every day with the latest transit technology so they can get to work, appointments, and school on time. This helps riders better plan their day and helps us support them.”

In addition to being able to follow buses to see how far they are from a bus stop, riders can also use the “Locate Me” GPS function within RouteShout 2.0 to determine the closest bus stop and save favorite routes and stops for quick look-ups. When emergencies, route changes or weather conditions occur that may affect service, riders can also subscribe to receive notifications.

The RouteShout 2.0 traveler information system is provided by Routematch Software, an At-lanta-based transit technology company that works extensively with transit agencies.  For additional information contact the Public Information Office at 701-857-4727 or by email at pio@minotnd.org.
 
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