MATBUS

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Areas Served: Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN
Founded: 1974
Fleet Size: 21 (ND) and 11 (MN)
Service Types: Fixed-route, Dial-A-Ride
2013 Ridership:
  • ND: 1,735,693 [1]
  • MN: 460,662 [2]
Website: http://www.matbus.com

MATBUS is the fixed-route bus system providing transit service to the cities of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, MN.

Overview

MATBUS operations began in 1974 when the Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments assumed management of public transportation services in the Fargo-Moorhead region. Eventually the cities of Fargo and Moorhead took control of service in their own area.[3] This created Metro Area Transit in Fargo and Moorhead Area Transit in Moorhead. The two cities continued to work together to provide transit services. In 2011 the system was officially branded under the name it had been known by for some time, MATBUS. Along with this rebranding some routes were restructured, and fixed bus stop locations were added on existing flag-stop routes.

Shared operations

MATBUS is unique in that it is one of the few, if not the only, fixed-route transit system to operate service in two different states and for two different cities out of one dispatch center and garage. MATBUS operations are based in Fargo, with bus maintenance and dispatch being handled for the entire system. A lot of coordination occurs between the two cities to ensure equality and fairness in provision of services. The system still maintains some separation, with one set of buses for the MN side and one set for the Fargo side. Each city and state also covers their own costs related to route operation, capital improvements, etc.[4]

Facilities

MATBUS has one major facility for passengers, the Ground Transport Center or GTC. The GTC is located in downtown Fargo and serves as the main hub of the system as well as the transfer point between Fargo and Moorhead routes.

Fares

Current fare information can be found at matbus.com

Fleet

MATBUS maintains two separate fleets with each being funded by the state and city it is operated for.

Minnesota Fleet

Active

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger seats Notes
590-593 2004 OBI Orion VII
(07.503)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
  • 2005 models.
  • Single door.
1020 2010 NFI D35LFR Cummins ISL Allison B400R
2151 2015 NFI XD35 Cummins ISL9
2161-2164 2015 NFI XD35 Cummins ISL9
2171-2172 2017 NFI XD35 Cummins L9
  • [5]
  • 2016 models.
2181-2182 2018 NFI XD35 Cummins L9
  • 2019 models.

Retired

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger seats Notes
370-371 2003 OBI Orion VII
(07.502)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R Single door.
380-382 2003 OBI Orion VII
(07.502)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R Single door.
8120-8123 1981 GMC RTS-04
(T7J-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
9740-9741 1997 NFI D35LF

North Dakota Fleet

Active

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger seats Notes
1126-1128 2002 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G22E102R2)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Single door.
1139-1142 2004 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G29E102R2)
Cummins ISL American Seating Metropolitan Single door.
1173-1176 2007 NFI D35LFR Cummins ISL Voith D864.5
1184-1188 2009 NFI D35LFR Cummins ISL
1195-1199 2010 NFI D35LFR Cummins ISL Allison B400R American Seating 6468
1200-1201 2011 NFI DE35LFR Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP hybrid system [6]
1220-1223 2013 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 40 EP hybrid system [7]
4151-4152 2015 NFI XDE40 Cummins ISL9 American Seating InSight
American Seating BC55
4171-4172 2017 NFI XD35 Cummins ISL9
  • [8]
  • 2016 models.
4181-4187 2018 NFI XD35 Cummins L9
  • 2019 models.

Retired

The following units were once operated in either the MATBUS or Metro Area Transit system:

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Passenger seats Notes
1121-1125 1997 NFI D35LF
1126-1133 1979 Grumman Flxible 870
(45096-6-1)
Detroit Diesel 6V71T Allison V730
1131 (2nd) 1993 Gillig Phantom 35'
(6V92T35102)
Detroit Diesel 6V92T
1132-1133 (2nd) 1992 Gillig Phantom 35'
(35102TB6V92)
Detroit Diesel 6V92 Allison HT-748 To Capital Area Transit (ND) 1132 & 1133.
1134-1143 1981 GMC RTS-04
(T7J-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730

Paratransit

The paratransit fleet serves the entire system and consists of cutaway type vans and minibuses.

Routes

The MATBUS System is comprised of 22 routes total serving the Fargo-Moorhead area. Minnesota routes only drop off and pick up at the Ground Transport Center in Fargo to allow for transfers to and from Fargo area routes.

External Links

References

  1. 2013 Transit Agency Information (ND), National Transit Database. Retrieved on November 5, 2015.
  2. 2013 Transit Agency Information (MN), National Transit Database. Retrieved on November 5, 2015.
  3. MATBUS: About Retrieved on March 26th, 2013
  4. Mass Transit Magazine: Two cities operating one system Retrieved on March 26th, 2013
  5. City of Moorhead Exercises Options for Two 35-Foot Xcelsior Diesel Buses, New Flyer Industries. Dated November 23, 2016, retrieved on November 25, 2016.
  6. Hybrid buses announcement
  7. MATBUS 2013 Annual Report
  8. The City of Fargo Exercises Options for Two 35-Foot Xcelsior Diesel Buses, New Flyer Industries. Dated November 22, 2016, retrieved on November 25, 2016.