Take Me There Transportation Services rings in new bus to their fleet

Sean Ellertson
St. James Plaindealer
Allison Karau, surrounded by the Watonwan County Board and Joe McCabe, cuts the ribbon to officially welcome the new TMT bus into service.

On Tuesday, Take Me There Transportation Services introduced a new bus to their fleet with the help of Mayor Sturm, the St. James Chamber of Commerce, and the Watonwan County Board of Commissioners.

The new bus is two feet longer which allows for an extra wheelchair spot. The new bus also has 19 seats in total, compared to 17 in other busses.

The new bus was paid for with an 80/20 match, with MnDOT providing $64,488 and Watonwan County providing $16,122.

The bus is the first in the Watonwan County TMT fleet to feature a television monitor, security camera system, and electronic door.

"This helps us keep residents on the move," said Transportation Director Allison Karau.

St. James EDA Director Joe McCabe cited that businesses around the county are happy to have the TMT service for their business, as busses can make stops to businesses for shopping needs. 

"It's nice to have affordable, dependable transportation for people of all ages," said Sturm.

Kathy Svalland also offered kind words to the bus service. Following a serious car accident last April, Svalland used TMT Bus Services to get her back home in Butterfield, and said she always had a positive experience while on the bus.

TMT typically gets 28,000 calls for service each year. Due to COVID-19, that number is projected to be lower in 2020, but calls are once again on the rise according to Karau.

TMT also provides service to cities outside of Watonwan County, such as Fairmont, New Ulm, and Mankato.