ST. CLOUD --  After renovating the former American National Bank building in downtown St. Cloud, Metro Bus' new Mobility Training Center now stands in its place.

Training Center Manager Debbie Anderson says they are ready to answer you transportation questions.

"Prior to having these services here, individuals weren't open to trying the bus themselves or if it would work for them," says Anderson.

Metro Bus bought the vacant building in 2012 and transformed it into a travel training center.

Anderson says it's nice to have a controlled environment where someone can experience sitting in a bus for the first time.

"It's just a matter of having this facility in a calm setting and sit on a bus for the first time is a powerful experience to have," says Anderson.

The center not only provides help to figure out bus routes, but and assessment course facing obstacles you may experience when getting to a bus stop.

"What the assessment course does is show people yes they can step up on a curb, you can navigate a small hill, you're able to pay your fair if you're in a wheel chair," says Anderson.

The Mobility Training Center is the only one of it's kind in the state.

With the new school year bringing new faces to the area, Anderson says the facility is a great place for students to learn how to get around the city.

"This is a great site for students to come if they need more one-on-one travel training and we can get them set up as well," says Anderson.

The facility is located at 700 West St. Germain. The total cost to renovate the building was over $2-million-dollars.

The facility will have an official ribbon cutting ceremony in October.


Obstacles ready for you at Metro Bus Mobility Training Center. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)