Prairie Five RIDES Transportation Program

Public Notification:

Prairie Five RIDES would like to thank our passengers and the community for their support and understanding during this difficult time. Our staff and drivers are eager to resume operations and providing service to our passengers, however, due to current COVID-19 circumstances, services will recommence methodically in an act to protect our communities and the individuals we serve. City bus transportation will be available in Appleton, Benson, Canby, Dawson, Granite Falls, Madison, Montevideo, and Ortonville beginning _1 June 2020_ . Our limited hours are 8:00 am- 3:00pm Monday through Friday. Regional transportation will only be available for passengers to attend medical facilities. Social distancing will be enforced on all buses and a maximum of three passengers will be permitted on the bus at any one time. All passengers will be required to provide their own mask and wear it during boarding and throughout the duration of their trip. Please be patient as we continue to work towards accommodating more rides and resuming service with the safety of both our riders and employees at the forefront of our operations.

The Prairie Five RIDES transit system is a demand responsive combination of Volunteer Driver and bus service.

Eligibility: General Public of all ages

Serves the counties of: Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine

City Systems: Appleton, Benson, Canby, Dawson, Madison, Montevideo, Ortonville

Destinations with buses: Twin Cities, Marshall, Willmar, St. Cloud. We go to areas throughout the state with Volunteer Drivers and some locations to North / South Dakota. (Never hurts to ask if we can provide it.)

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City Bus Service

Prairie Five RIDES operates city bus service in seven cities in our five county region.  The city bus is an on-demand service which operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.  When possible, please call the Dispatch office in advance to schedule your ride, 877-757-4337.

City Service Fares

  • City Fare (one-way): $2.00
  • Youth Punch Card (25 Punches): $25.00
  • General Punch Card (20 Punches): $25.00
  • Senior Punch Card (16 Punches): $15.00
  • Unlimited Monthly Pass: $35.00
  • Kids Unlimited Summer Pass: $40.00
  • Youth Unlimited School Year Passes

Youth Unlimited School Year Passes

  • 1 Child Family: $220.00
  • $50.00 each additional child
  • $400.00 maximum per family

Regional Service

Prairie Five RIDES offers transportation to residents of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift, and Yellow Medicine counties and extends across the state of Minnesota and into eastern regions of North and South Dakota. When possible please request rides 5-7 days in advance by contacting the Dispatch Office at 877-757-4337. Regional Service Fares

Roundtrip Fares:

  • Adults: $.40 per mile
  • Youth/Child: $.35 per mile
  • Seniors (60 years & older): $.25 per mile
  • $5.00 minimum per trip

One-way Fares:

  • Adults: $.60 per mile
  • Youth/Child: $.53 per mile
  • Seniors (60 years & older): $.38 per mile
  • $5.00 minimum per trip


View Printable RIDES Calendar

Summer Recreation Rides

Registration for 2020 currently not available

Notification of Public Rights

Title VI Complaint Procedure

Language Assistance Plan

RIDES Survey