The City of Mankato has officially expanded three of its bus routes, which is aimed at providing more reliable service for area commuters.

Superintendent of Transit Craig Rempp says one of the major changes is to Route 5 in North Mankato that will now provide all-day service from 6:35 a.m. until 5:35 p.m.

“We combined the old Route 4 and old Route 5 together. There used to be breaks in the middle of the day with no service. With the new service on that route, we have non-stop service from 9:35 a.m. to 5:35 p.m., Monday through Friday.”

After receiving special funding MnDOT until the end of June of next year, the money will also support changes to Route 7 and Route 23.

“Route 7, the biggest change is we added service into the evening further. We’re able to service that ridership later into the day. Then Route 23 is actually a brand-new service with service out to Eagle Lake, then back in towards the college area of Mankato. That’s Sunday service only. Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to add the weekday service for that also.”

With increased ridership of the last few years, Rempp says they are exploring future expansion.

“I think the next step, in my own personal opinion, would be to look seriously at expanding service into the evening, more system-wide.”

To view the bus schedule, (Click here).

For more information, Mankato residents can call 311.