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Trailblazer lauded by MnDOT for its service in Wright County

Trailblazer Transit received high praise from Tom Gottfried, program director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of Transit at the joint powers board’s Thursday morning meeting.
Gottfried lauded Trailblazer for its success in incorporating most of Wright County’s communities into its service area.
Gottfried said Trailblazer began work on taking in Wright County into its service area well over a year ago after River Rider, which served Wright and Sherburne counties, was slated to dissolve in July 2014.
“I’m exceedingly pleased with the process and professionalism,” said Gottfried. “Despite the slings and arrows, you managed to manage this in a very, very professional and effective manner. Trailblazer is one of my stellar transit systems, and I don’t say that lightly.”
Gary Ludwig, Trailblazer’s executive director, said he also is pleased, although Trailblazer’s expansion into Wright County has not always been easy.
“The numbers look very good,” said Ludwig, who added that Trailblazer added 20,000 rides in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to 2014.

For more, see the May 27 print edition of The Chronicle.