Residents left behind as pandemic damages bus companies – Natural Self Esteem

Before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in March 2020, Rochester City Lines, a family-owned Minnesota commuter and charter bus company, was booming.

“We were set for our best year ever for 2020,” said Christian Holter, the company’s operations manager. “And then the wheels fell off.”

Half of the company’s business came from commuters on its dozens of fixed routes. Many worked at the massive Mayo Clinic medical complex in Rochester and commuted from areas in southeast Minnesota and the Twin Cities area.

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