The Washington County Mini Bus has seen a decline in rides since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. Supervisor Abe Miller who sits on the Mini Bus board explained, “Just giving an idea of the impact that COVID has had on the Mini Bus. In 2018, during the same period of 31 days, we had 2,484 passengers. Last year we had 2,195. This year we had 888. But still, it’s still one of the most important transportation things that we have in Washington County.”

The Mini Bus provides transportation countywide for area residents and is a demand-responsive, wheelchair accessible, public transit provider. Fares are $2.50 each way within towns, and changes for rides outside of city limits. People can call in to schedule a ride at 653-2853. The Washington County service is contracted by the East Central Iowa Council of Governments.

The service is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and has extended hours to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays.