Folks looking to ride the Heartland Express transportation bus to Princeton are now in luck.
Transit Director Craig Rempp explained Heartland began offering a route to Princeton on May 21 that runs Monday through Friday. The route doesn’t run like a typical bus route, but instead offers designated times.
Rempp explained about a year and a half ago, Industries, Inc. and the general public began inquiring about a route to Princeton, but there wasn’t enough interest to make it feasible.
But when GracePointe Crossing closed its adult day center in mid-April and
Cambridge residents began attending Elim Oasis Adult Day Center in Princeton, it was determined there was now enough interest to make a route to Princeton feasible.
“It’s pretty much a fixed route to Princeton that is open to the general public,” Rempp explained last week. “It is a contracted route with Industries, Inc. and Elim Oasis, as there is one pick up and drop-off spot in Princeton and in Cambridge. It’s not the normal curb to curb pick-up.”
Rempp explained the bus leaves the transit center, located at 245 2nd Ave. SE in Cambridge at 7:30 a.m. and arrives at Elim Oasis in Princeton at 8 a.m. The bus then returns to Elim Oasis at 4 p.m. and riders arrive back at the Cambridge transit center at 4:30 p.m. The cost for a one-way trip to Princeton is $3.50 with the round-trip $7.
Darlene Walburg, director of Elim Oasis, explained once riders arrive at Elim Oasis at 7:30 a.m., they can then transfer onto a Timber Trails bus through Mille Lacs County to get to their needed destination.
“Everything so far has been working out great,” Walburg said. “It’s a really great deal for the $7 round-trip. You can’t drive it for cheaper than that.”
Rempp explained since the Princeton route is a fixed route with fixed times, riders don’t need to call ahead, but it’s recommended during the first few months since it’s a new route.
“Everything is going really good so far,” Rempp said. “We took a bus out of our normal routes to cover the Princeton route, but other busses are covering the schedule and drivers are getting used to it. Everything is smoothing itself out very quickly and the general public is encouraged to take advantage of this new route.”
For more information on Heartland Express call 763-689-8131.
About Elim Oasis
Walburg explained Elim Oasis Adult Day Center is able to give much needed respite to caregivers.
The center can help with bathing, laundry, medications and physician ordered treatments.
“We can take care of all our clients daily needs,” Walburg said. “Our clients are provided with two meals and a snack each day. Every day is filled with a program that promotes positive, fun, stimulating and meaningful activities.”
All of Elim’s staff have had, and continue to have, special training in dementia care, neurological diseases and the treatments our clients require. Their expertise gives families assurance that their loved one will be with caregivers who provide reliable and trusted care through the special training and education we have.
The Center provides dual programming to promote cognitive stimulation for a variety of cognitive levels.
For more information or to arrange for a personal tour, contact Darlene Walburg at 763-631-1150.