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Riding Friendly Rider


How to Ride the Bus

Friendly Rider buses serve the cities of Wadena and Staples daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We also have daily service in several other communities such as Eagle Bend, Clarissa, Browerville, Verndale, Aldrich, Motley, Bertha, and Hewitt . Hours of operation vary in our secondary cities but we serve each city listed at least once a day.


Step-by-step directions for using Friendly Rider buses:

Be ready at least 15 minutes before your pick up time at your pick up location.

Be ready to board with exact change or a valid ticket, or pass.  If you need to purchase tickets or a pass, please have your money ready when you board.

As the bus approaches, Stay back from the curb and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop. If you need to use a boarding ramp or lift, just ask the operator.

Board and pay your fare. Find a seat and place your belongings with you.

When you have arrived at your destination, gather all your personal items and leave through the main door.  If you need to use the lift or need assistance, the driver will help you.



For your safety

Never cross the street in front of a bus unless it’s stopped at a red light.

Keep your kids close to make sure you don’t get separated.

If you see suspicious behavior or a suspicious package, or if there is an emergency or unsafe situation on board, tell a Friendly Rider employee or call 9-1-1.