With many Wright County residents forced to stay at home and many others struggling to make ends meet, Trailblazer Transit has stepped up its efforts to help alleviate some of that burden.
Wright Commissioner Darek Vetsch, who sits on the Trailblazer Joint Powers Board, said that with ridership down due to the stay at home order associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the transit system has evolved into finding other ways of serving the residents if Wright, Sibley and McLeod counties.
Last week, Trailblazer announced it would provide rides outside its service area to veterans needing to get care at VA hospitals and care clinics in the Twin Cities metro area, St. Cloud and Mankato.
Another service being provided is delivering meals to those in need.
“Today (April 8) alone, Trailblazer Transit will deliver 1,070 meals to residents of Wright County,” Vetsch said. “This service was coordinated through Wright County Public Health and Wright County Community Action.”
With the demand getting greater for assistance, Trailblazer plans to use its fleet in this capacity until the worst of COVID-19 has passed. Trailblazer is still operating on its full schedule, which is available at https://www.trailblazertransit.com.
Vetsch said that at times of trouble, people need to come together to assist those in the greatest need and that it’s heartwarming to see the outpouring of collaboration from different entities with similar goals working together for the public good.
“It is great to see our public transit service being utilized in this capacity,” Vetsch said. “When ridership is down, we are finding creative and helpful ways to improve quality of life during a challenging time by delivering meals to those in need.”