Commuter Bus Service:
Le Roy, Chester (IA) and Spring Valley to Rochester
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News & Updates

Commuter service re-launching on March 1, 2021

After nearly a yearlong suspension of our commuter service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our buses will roll again beginning March 1. In a world in which people are increasingly working from home, commuter habits are changing, and so is our commuter transportation model.

Join us, as we continue to serve the communities of Le Roy and Chester, IA and are now also welcoming passengers aboard in Spring Valley. We are excited to stop at Sunshine Foods each weekday morning and evening.

Currently, we are offering one morning and afternoon stop in these communities. We hope to expand this service, as we grow our driver team. If you know of anyone interested in becoming a driver, please refer them to us. We would love to expand our team!

Last fall, Mayo Clinic announced the discontinuation of its commuter bus subsidy. That means our fare structure will be the same for all riders. We know this means a fare increase for most of you. Please know, we did not add any additional increases, because we know this is a major adjustment for you.

Lastly, a quick word about keeping you and our drivers safe during the pandemic. We require masking on the bus at all times with no exceptions. We also very strongly recommend social distancing on the bus, and certain seats will be blocked off. Our drivers will closely monitor capacity to help keep you safe. Our buses are cleaned daily with a special sanitizing fogger, in addition to other cleaning routines. We do not require a COVID-19 vaccination for you to be able to ride with us. However, if you feel ill in any way, we ask that you take a break from riding until you are healthy again.

We have done a lot of research and homework to provide you with a safe and comfortable ride and are ready to serve you again. But you still may have questions. Please feel free to reach out to us at We are happy to connect with you to ease any concerns and provide you with the information you need.

Welcome aboard!

-Le Roy Economic Development Authority

Commuter Service

View our schedule, beginning April 1.

Le Roy 5:20 a.m. (Main Street adjacent to fire hall)
Chester 5:33 a.m. (Route 63 Travel Plaza)
Spring Valley 5:53 a.m. (Sunshine Foods)
Saint Marys Hospital 6:25 a.m.
Downtown Rochester 6:30 a.m.
Saint Marys Hospital 3:58 p.m.
Downtown Rochester 4:05 p.m.
Spring Valley 4:42 p.m.
Chester 5:00 p.m.
Le Roy 5:11 p.m.

Commuter Fares

We offer a simple commuter fare structure with identical ticket prices, no matter where you board our buses. Our fare options include single-ride, 10-ride and monthly passes. 10-ride passes are valid for 60 days. Monthly passes are valid from the first through the last day of the month.

Mayo Clinic no longer provides a commuter bus subsidy to staff and will no longer sell bus passes. You can purchase bus passes at Le Roy City Hall, Route 63 Travel Plaza in Chester, Sunshine Foods in Spring Valley and at Spring Valley City Hall. Passes can also be purchased from drivers.

View our full fare structure:

One-way pass $11
10-ride pass (valid 60 days) $92
Monthly pass $228

Our Staff

Pete Dohlman Driver

Axel Gumbel Manager

Bill Miles Driver

Rick Roe Driver

Kyle Rosedahl Fleet Manager

Patty White City Clerk