Community Thread Connector Loop

Community Thread Connector Loop
Mondays from 10am – 3pm
$3 fare for an all-day pass (cash only)

There’s a new transportation option in town!

Community Thread has partnered with DARTS, a nonprofit that serves older adults and their families in Dakota County, to bring a circulator loop to the Stillwater and Oak Park Heights area.

How it Works
The Community Thread Connector Loop runs every Monday from 10am – 3pm, with scheduled stops at senior housing complexes, area businesses, retail stores and Community Thread’s Stillwater location.

The Community Thread Connector Loop is open to all. Riders pay a $3 (cash only) fare for an all-day pass and can get on and off the bus at any stop along the loop. Planned stops will be offered on an hourly loop schedule, with the flexibility to request a stop nearby. Riders who live within 2 blocks of the bus route may also request to be picked up at their home by calling DARTS at 651-234-2272 on Friday at 2 pm prior to the Monday service.

There are no age or income restrictions. The 16 person bus is handicap accessible, with a lift. Children under the age of 12 months must be restrained in an infant seat.

How Stops are Determined
A local community Advisory Committee recommends the best route to serve the most people, based on requirements to become a route stop and survey feedback from potential users. DARTS also keeps track of ridership and stop visits so that adjustments can be made on an as needed basis over time.

NOTE: If the Stillwater Area Public Schools (ISD #834) are closed due to inclement weather, the bus will not be in service.

Questions? Email , call 651-439-7434 or check out our FAQ.

Click here to view the Connector Loop Schedule. 
A printed bus schedule is available at the following locations:

Boutwells Landing
Community Thread
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Lakeview Hospital
Oak Park Senior Living
Stillwater Area Chamber of Commerce
Stillwater Medical Group

Call DARTS one day in advance to be picked up from home

Many thanks to the generous sponsors who are making this community service possible:
Advisory committee members for the pilot year of the bus loop:
Sarah Lao Rivertown Commons
Patty Radoc Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Heather Peterson Allina Health
Kate Reiter Boutwells
Marna Canterbury Lakeview Hospital
Andrea Weiler Lakeview Hospital
Sarah Tripple Washington County
Becky Conroy Washington County
Renae Pominville Lake Elmo Bank/
Community Thread board member
Robin Anthony Greater Stillwater Area Chamber
Sue Elmer Community Thread
Sally Anderson Community Thread
Kindall Perea Raymie Johnson Estates