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Program: Transportation

Agency: Coronavirus 2020 - 2021

Resource Number: 67355864

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination

Provides a website which lists the risk assessment level for COVID-19 for each destination in the world and recommendations for whether or not individuals should travel to a destination. Information is also listed about travelers prohibited from entry to the United States.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Face Mask Implementation During Travel
Starting on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 provisions of President Biden's Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel will be implemented requiring travelers to wear face masks when they are in airports, bus and rail stations, as well as while on passenger aircraft, public transportation, passenger railroads, and over-the-road buses operating on fixed-routes. This action will also support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Order requiring that individuals wear masks on conveyances and at stations, ports, or similar transportation hubs. Starting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 TSA will require individuals over age 2 to wear a mask at TSA airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems. This requirement will remain effective until Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Individuals under the age of 2, those with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and those for whom a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations are exempt from wearing a face mask while traveling. TSA Cares is a helpline that provides airline passengers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the airport security screening process. Call (855)787-2227 about 72 hours prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.


Student Transportation COVID-19 Resources:
The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School provides tools and ideas for back to school student transportation, including:
  • Park and Walk
  • School Streets
  • Walking School Buses
  • Bicycle Racks and Bike Fleets
  • Crossing Guard and Student Safety Patrol Online Training
  • New Distance Learning Walking and Biking Curriculum for Traffic Safety
  • Back to School Messaging
  • Walking and Biking Education for Students and Families
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services

2/26/2021 Update: Minnesotans with driver’s licenses or ID cards that expire as COVID-19 extensions come to an end will have options to renew online or in person. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is urging cardholders to plan now, since additional extensions are not possible under current Minnesota law. 
  • Those whose license or ID card would have expired between March 31, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021, have an extension to March 31, 2021. These cardholders must renew by March 31, 2021.
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates commercial driver’s licenses, extended expiration dates to February 28, 2021. Commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders need to renew by February 28, 2021 to maintain valid driving privileges.
  • Those with driver’s licenses or ID cards that expire March 1 or later must renew by the expiration date listed on their card.
DPS-DVS mailed letters to every cardholder with expiring extensions with renewal information. Those letters are available in Hmong, Somali, Spanish and Oromo at dps.mn.gov/mrc.

10/6/2020 Update: Beginning Thursday, October 8, 2020, the class D knowledge test will be available online at home and through third-party testing sites in addition to taking the test at an open DVS exam station. Requests to take the class D knowledge test online must complete three steps.  Click here for more information.
Appointments are required for class D knowledge tests administered at an open DVS exam station beginning Monday, July 13, 2020; walk-ins will not be accepted. Appointments can be scheduled online beginning Friday, July 10, 2020. Individuals are required to wear a face mask and complete a wellness screening to enter a DVS exam station.

6/5/2020 Update: Drivers can now renew their standard driver's license and ID card online in Minnesota, saving them a trip to the DMV. Drivers that do not have a name, address, signature or license number change can do so at drive.mn.gov. This is available for people who still have a valid license/ID or whose license/ID has been expired for less than a year. This applies to applications submitted now through Wednesday, June 30, 2021. 
3 things to know if renewing a standard driver’s license/ID:
- Individuals do not need to rush to renew
- Individuals will not need to complete a vision test or have a photo taken; this will be required next time they renew or upgrade their license.
- Individuals should not visit a DVS exam station to renew unless they need a test.
- If an individual is upgrading to REAL ID or the enhanced driver's license, they still need to go in-person to a deputy registrar or driver's license agent office to complete their application. The full enforcement deadline for the REAL ID has been extended to May 2023. For more information on getting a REAL ID and how to apply, visit Driver and Vehicle Services.

5/26/2020 Update: Individuals should make an appointment if they need to visit a Hennepin County service center. Starting May 26, in-person services will be offered by appointment only at the Brookdale and Ridgedale licensing service centers. No walk-in services will be provided.
Anyone without an appointment will be asked to leave. Services continue to be offered by mail, fax and drop off.
Appointment line:
  • Email servicecenterinfo@hennepin.us and include a phone number to be contacted at or call (612)348-8240 — Due to high call volume wait times may be long
Visitors must must wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines. Learn more at hennepin.us/servicecenters

5/15/2020 Update: DPS-DVS to reopen 16 regional exam offices starting Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
The offices are located in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids and Bemidji.
The Fairmont location will reopen Tuesday, May 26, 2020 with a road test-only option in terms of services. Meanwhile, DPS-DVS states independently-owned and operated deputy registrar and driver's license agent offices can reopen to offer their normal driver and vehicle services beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.​ More information and office locations can be found here

My vehicle tabs are expiring soon but some of the DVS offices are closed?
  • Minnesotans will still be able to renew vehicle registrations online and by mail during the peacetime emergency. As such, there are no extensions for expired or expiring vehicle registrations.
  • Minnesotans have until the last day of the expiration month to renew their vehicle registration. They must display their registration stickers by the 10th of the following month. For additional information, visit website
Can I complete a Snowbird packet to renew by license?
  • Snowbird procedures cannot be used to renew a license if an individual is living in Minnesota, per state law. ​ 
Can I still contact DVS with questions while some of the DVS offices are closed?Dakota County CARES Transportation Resources Program
  • Supports residents of Dakota County who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 in their transportation needs. Individuals can select to receive either Lyft codes or Metro Transit GoTo card funds.
  • Visit website for application
Handi Van
  • Provides rides to and from COVID-19 testing sites in Olmsted County
  • Residents of Olmsted County that qualify for county health, housing and human services benefits can contact their caseworker for a referral for a ride. Individuals not receiving benefits can call (507)281-3600 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday to reserve a ride.
  • Rides are free for people receiving benefits. $100 round trip for other individuals.
Metro Mobility
  • Asking individuals to cancel any non-essential trips, especially those with underlying health conditions (diabetes, asthma, or heart disease)
Metro Transit and Transit Link

Update 5/28/21
Effective Friday, May 28, 2021, masks are still required on all buses and trains, even if an individual is vaccinated. Capacity limits have ended.

Update 3/1/2021: Quarterly Service Changes
Beginning Saturday, March 13, 2021, Metro Transit has refined it’s service schedule. Visit website for more information and schedule updates.
  • On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Metro Transit reduced service system-wide until further notice. Updated schedules are available at metrotransit.org.
  • Most local routes will operate at Saturday service levels
  • Express bus service will be limited
  • Trips on the METRO Blue and Green lines will operate every 20 minutes throughout the day
  • Northstar Commuter Rail will operate two inbound trips weekday mornings and two outbound trips weekday afternoons. There will be no weekend Northstar service.
  • Public transit is restricted for essential use only. Examples include:
    • Commuting to an essential sector job that cannot be performed at home. Essential sectors include health care, public safety, food and child care.
    • Obtaining groceries or other necessary supplies
    • Seeking medical services and medications (do not take transit if sick)
    • To care for a family member, friend or pet in another household
  • Metro Transit: (612)373-3333
  • Transit Link: (651)602-5465
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
  • On Friday, March 20, 2020 MVTA began a reduced bus schedule, MTVA is following a similar schedule to when schools, restaurants, shopping, and some businesses are closed. Visit the website for additional reduced schedule information.
  • Bus Services SuspendedRed Line, beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 11 pm – 4:30 am until further notice
  • All other bus routes will have reduced service, call or visit website for ride information
  • Provides free rides to medical workers and caregivers at senior facilities within current Connect service area. Medical workers and caregivers are expected to use the pay on board function on the Transloc app and then are expected to show a badge when boarding.
  • (952)882-7500
Rochester Public Transit
  • Effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020 regular transit service is being reduced
  • (507)328-7433
  • Park and Ride
    • Park and ride service will continue according to a modified schedule. Direct service to Target south and Cub Foods is being suspended
    • The Chateau Theater, RCTC, County Fairgrounds, and IBM Park & Ride lots remain operational
    • Morning peak service on direct routes will be from 5:30 to 8:30 am and from 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Zumbro Independent Passenger Service (ZIPS) will be providing paratransit  service until 8 pm nightly
SouthWest Transit
  • Reduced service schedule effective Monday, March 23, 2020
  • Service from Carver Station and Chanhassen Transit Station will be suspended until further notice
  • See schedule for additional service details
  • Provides complimentary curb-to-curb transportation available to anyone working at a health care facility within Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Victoria and Waconia home to work and work to home. Solo rides to ensure safe social distancing. At time of pick-up the individual must show their ID to the driver. Service Hours: 6:30 am - 7 pm Monday - Friday. Reservation Hours: 6:30 am - 6:30 pm Monday - Friday. Call (952)797-7463.
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Remains open and will continue to provide services. Adjusted services, events and operations are listed below.

What’s open:
  • Maintenance and construction services continue
  • Transportation offices remain open to the public
  • Rest areas statewide are currently open. Onsite workers have been provided with personal protective equipment and are using hospital-grade disinfectants every half hour or immediately after multiple people leave a rest area building.
  • While all Minnesotans are being encouraged to stay home as much as possible and avoid non-essential travel, roads and state highways remain open. (Note that some closures are possible due to weather, flooding or other circumstances unrelated to COVID-19. Please check 511mn.org for latest conditions in the area.)
Postponed events:
  • All previously scheduled MnDOT-hosted meetings, conferences, training and other programs
  • Open houses for upcoming construction projects through at least April 15. The agency is looking at alternative ways to host these meetings online and gather public input.
Although offices are open, the public is encouraged to do business by phone, email or online. Here are some options:Greater Minnesota Non-Emergency COVID-19 Transportation (Collaboration) for Individuals Who Have/Suspect They Have COVID-19

MnDOT, Minnesota Council on Transportation Access and Minnesota Department of Health are providing COVID-19 positive client transportation for 80 counties in greater Minnesota. Effective immediately and pending availability of providers in an area, COVID-19 Positive Client Transportation service is available. This service is for non-emergency transportation of COVID-19 positive individuals or individuals suspected to be COVID-19 positive. The transportation is for medical services such as COVID-19 testing, medical appointments, and medication. The only limitations are the trip must be non-emergency, to or from medical services, and originate in Minnesota. The individual pays nothing as the cost is covered by the COVID-19 Relief Funds.
Greater Minnesota: Providers or individuals (who are COVID-19 positive or suspected to be COVID-19 positive) can contact Semcac Transportation at 1-(800)-528-7622, Option 3 to request a ride.
7 County (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington) Metro AWARE Transportation Program:
The Metropolitan Council has contracted with Transportation Plus to provide rides for people diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus) to a medical facility, and those who have COVID-19 symptoms needing a ride to a testing site. Drivers are specially trained and have all of the necessary personal protective equipment. Customers must have their own mask.
Rides are scheduled either through Metro Mobility or Transit Link and provided by a taxi service, which has a limited number of accessible vehicles available.

Metro Mobility
• Metro Mobility certified customers should call their normal service provider to arrange their ride.
• Service hours available for Metro Mobility certified customer are based on that customer’s Metro Mobility provider.
• Customers need to state that they have tested positive or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and need a ride to a medical facility or testing site.
• The provider will inform the customer whether they need to call the taxi company directly or the reservationist will make arrangements for them.
Transit Link
• Those who are not Metro Mobility certified can call Transit Link at 651-602-LINK on weekdays between 7 am and 3:30 pm and follow the prompt to get to the correct reservation center.
• Customers need to state that they have tested positive or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and need a ride to a medical facility or testing site.
• The provider will authorize the ride and provide the customer the information to arrange the ride with the taxi company.
Normal taxi rates apply plus a $60 flat fee for one-way trips and $37.50 per direction for drive-through testing. Customers will want to take the shortest trip option to minimize their costs in excess of $5.
For each ride:
1. Customer pays the first $5
2. Metropolitan Council is billed for the next $75
3. Customer pays any amount over $80
For drive through testing, each direction (two trips):
1. Customer pays the first $5
2. Metropolitan Council pays the next $52.50
3. Customer pays any amount over $57.50

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