Heartland Express is a rural public transportation system serving area residents in Isanti and Chisago County.  Heartland Express welcomes everyone to ride! Children under age seven (7) must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver.

We provide curb-to-curb service.  That means whether you live in town or in the county, the Heartland Express is available to you!  Our sole purpose is to offer a low-cost, efficient mode of public transportation for all county residents.

All of our drivers have a Commercial Drivers License and are trained and certified in Passenger Assistance, Defensive Driving, and Sensitivity Training.  All of our buses are handicapped accessible and lift-equipped.

Tips for Using the Heartland Express:

  • Heartland Express Service Policy.
  • For best service, call by 2:00 p.m the working day before your ride.
  • Exact fare amount or token is due at the time of boarding the bus.  Drivers cannot make change.
  • All passengers must be registered.
  • Our phones are answered between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.  If you get our voice mail, leave your ride request information, telephone number, and we will return your call. Messages can be left 24 hours per day.
  • Riders should be ready 10 minutes prior to their scheduled pick-up time.  Please allow a 10 minute window either way of your pick-up time to allow for traffic and weather conditions.
  • If service is no longer needed, please call in your cancelation as soon as possible (at least one hour before scheduled ride).
  • Have your address visible from the road so that the driver can find it easily.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fare Rates

Senior Dining Bus • Free will ($.75 each way is suggested donation)

In-City Senior Fare • (65 years +) is $.75 per one-way ride

City Zones • $1.50 one-way

Isanti Corridor (Braham to Cambridge; Isanti to Cambridge; Pine Brook to Cambridge) • $2.00 one-way

Border Zone (Townships of North Branch, Oxford, Athens, Stanford, Spencer Brook, Wyanett, and Dalbo into the City of Isanti, Cambridge, or Braham) • $3.50 

Bus Tokens may be purchased by mail or are available at the following locations:

Isanti County

  • Cub Foods, Cambridge
  • Riverside Market, Isanti
  • Heartland Express Office, Isanti Government Center

Chisago County

  • County Market, North Branch
  • Brink's Market, Chisago City
  • Government Center, Center City

Non-Discrimination Policy

  • The Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express will not discriminate against any individual.  There is no restriction, such as income, required to use this transportation service.  Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express is committed to ensuring that no person, regardless of age, race, color, sex, national origin, disability and/or sexual orientation is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any of its programs, services or benefits.  Hearing and seeing-eye dogs are allowed on the vehicles and we ask other passengers not to touch or speak to the dogs.

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