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Trailblazer Transit expands service into Wright County area

Trailblazer Transit can’t get service on the road fast enough in Wright County, its Joint Powers Board heard Thursday morning.
Trailblazer Executive Assistant, Cindy Posivio, told the Board that Trailblazer provided at least 3,750 rides on three buses in its first month of operation, July, in Wright County.
Those statistics reflected rides within cities in Wright County, not rides in the rural area, Posivio said.
“At this pace, we could see 45,000 rides on an annual basis, give or take 5 percent,” said Posivio.
Posivio said Trailblazer began a fourth bus route in Wright County on Aug. 11, and plans to integrate more buses into its schedule as drivers are hired and buses secured.
But because of the currently limited service, Trailblazer also had to turn down about 700 requested rides in July, Posivio said.
“That just goes to show that the need is there,” said Jack Russek, a member of the Delano City Council who attended the meeting as a member of the newly formed Wright County Area Transit Board, a coalition of Wright County cities that will partner with Trailblazer.
Trailblazer Joint Powers Board Member Jim Swanson said he hopes that member cities are helping riders understand that there will be a transition period.
“I just hope that it’s being relayed that we’re just getting started,” said Swanson.

For more from the meeting, see the Aug. 27 print edition of The Chronicle.