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In the expansive landscape of Northeastern Minnesota, where communities thrive amidst nature’s grandeur, Arrowhead Transit serves as the region’s most accessible and affordable public transportation. Established in 1974, our mission has been unwavering: to provide safe, reliable transit options that support independent living and self-reliance for the residents of the Arrowhead Region.

Serving the diverse counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Cook, Isanti, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and Saint Louis, Arrowhead Transit has grown to become the largest rural transportation system in the state.

Importance of Reliable Public Transportation in Northeastern Minnesota Cities

In the expansive landscapes of Northeastern Minnesota, reliable public transportation is not just a convenience—it’s a lifeline. Rural public transportation systems like Arrowhead Transit play a vital role in connecting communities outside urban hubs, ensuring essential services and opportunities are accessible to all.

From demand–response services like Dial-A-Ride to traditional and deviated fixed routes, Arrowhead Transit addresses the unique challenges faced by rural residents. The need for such services goes beyond mere convenience, particularly for older adults, persons with disabilities, and low-income individuals. Access to healthcare, employment, education, and social activities is crucial for fostering well-being in rural areas.

Arrowhead Transit Services

Scheduled Routes

Our scheduled routes form the backbone of Arrowhead Transit’s services, connecting communities and providing reliable transportation options. Visit our website to explore the scheduled routes in your community, each designed to meet the diverse needs of our passengers.

Understanding the Convenience of Dial-A-Ride

For those seeking a more flexible and personalized transportation experience, our Dial-A-Ride service is the answer. Unlike traditional routes, Dial-A-Ride offers inner-city public transportation with the adaptability you need. It’s about getting you and other passengers to your destination quickly and efficiently.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Use Dial-A-Ride

Using Dial-A-Ride is as easy as 1-2-3. Call 1-800-862-0175, and our dedicated dispatchers will guide you through the process:

  • Where you are
  • Where you want to go
  • When you want to get there and return

Coverage Area

Mapping Out Arrowhead Transit’s Extensive Coverage

Arrowhead Transit doesn’t just connect dots; it spans across 10 counties, covering a staggering 20,525.74 square miles. To put it into perspective, that’s roughly seven times the size of the seven-county metro in Minnesota, making us the largest rural transportation service in the state and the second-largest in the country!

City-Specific Services

Arrowhead Transit is deeply ingrained in the fabric of individual Minnesota cities, ensuring seamless connectivity and accessibility for residents. Let’s take a closer look at the cities we proudly serve:

  • Aitkin: Connecting residents to essential services and beyond.
  • Cambridge: Bridging the gap for Cambridge residents with reliable transportation options.
  • Cloquet: Enhancing the mobility of Cloquet residents with scheduled routes and Dial-A-Ride services.
  • Ely: Connecting the vibrant community of Ely to neighboring areas.
  • Eveleth: Supporting Eveleth residents in reaching their destinations efficiently.
  • Floodwood: Offering reliable transportation options for the residents of Floodwood.
  • Gilbert: Bridging the transportation gap for Gilbert residents with our comprehensive services.
  • Grand Marais: Connecting Grand Marais with the rest of the region through scheduled routes and Dial-A-Ride.
  • Grand Rapids: Serving as a vital link for Grand Rapids residents, whether for work or leisure.
  • Hermantown: Ensuring the mobility and accessibility of Hermantown residents.
  • International Falls: Connecting International Falls to the broader transportation network.
  • Moose Lake: Offering transportation solutions to the residents of Moose Lake.
  • Mountain Iron: Supporting Mountain Iron residents with convenient and accessible transit options.
  • North Branch: Bridging the transportation gap for North Branch residents.
  • Pine City: Enhancing the mobility of Pine City residents with scheduled routes and Dial-A-Ride services.
  • Two Harbors: Offering reliable transportation options for the residents of Two Harbors.
  • Virginia: Connecting Virginia residents to neighboring communities seamlessly.

Accessibility Features

Ensuring Inclusivity for All Passengers

In our commitment to inclusivity, Arrowhead Transit now communicates in Spanish, Mandarin (Simplified) Chinese, Somali, and Ukrainian languages. Our goal is to provide reliable information to passengers from diverse backgrounds. Moreover, our buses are fully ADA compliant, equipped with wheelchair lifts to ensure every passenger can access our services comfortably.

Partnerships and Collaborations

Fostering Community Connections

At Arrowhead Transit, we don’t just serve communities; we become part of them. Partnering with local media to support high school activities and sports, we actively engage with residents to understand their transportation needs. Our commitment goes beyond providing a service; it’s about adapting to the evolving needs of the community.


In conclusion, Arrowhead Transit is more than a transportation service; it’s a lifeline, connecting communities and empowering individuals to lead independent lives. As we look ahead, we encourage community engagement and utilization. Together, let’s continue the journey towards accessible, reliable, and community-driven transportation in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. Choose Arrowhead Transit

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