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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 Update – Nov. 2020

Our commuter service remains suspended due the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Mayo Clinic has announced the discontinuation of the commuter bus subsidy, which means commuter service would only be available at our full fares.

We are now working to restore commuter service to Rochester. Our research has shown that despite higher fares and more people working from home, there is still a need and desire for commuter bus service to Rochester.

We are exploring new possible stops in Adams and Spring Valley, in addition to our existing stops in Le Roy, Chester and Grand Meadow. Many options are on the table. However, due to the large planning needs and the current surge of COVID-19, it is unlikely that service will return before the end of the year.

Until then, we’d like to hear from you. If you are interested in commuter bus service, contact us at and tell us (1) how often you would ride, (2) which pick-up location you would use and (3) your preferred AM arrival time and PM departure time in Rochester. If you have already responded to these questions through our recent surveys or Facebook, you don’t need to respond.

Thank you for your patience, as we navigate this new world. We hope to see you on board again soon