Senate Bill Would Pump More Funding into Rural Transit

Without the Rainbow Rider program in Lowry, Minnesota, Bob Matchinsky wouldn’t be able to get around. 

The public transit system that serves West Central Minnesota is Matchinsky’s lifeline. Wheelchair-bound because of multiple sclerosis, Matchinsky has used the service for the past year and a half to get to doctor’s appointments, his sister’s house, even to DJ’s Taproom down the street from his apartment in Grand Arbor assisted living facility. 

“If it weren’t for Rainbow Rider, I’d just stay at the care center,” he said. “I’m in a power wheelchair. You can’t just go in any vehicle to get somewhere. I need someone with a lift to lift me up (into the vehicle) and drive me around. I can’t come out of the chair because if I come out of it, I have to be lifted back in.” 

Matchinsky said rural transit systems are worth the investment. In his opinion, they

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