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Salvation Army able to purchase bus tickets

 The Salvation Army in Jamestown is now able to purchase bus tickets, despite some previous communication issues with Jefferson Lines bus service.

“We’re rolling now, we’re just waiting for people looking for a ride,” said Lt. Mitch Brecto, administrator and pastor at the Salvation Army office in Jamestown.

Although Jefferson Lines resumed bus service in Jamestown Oct. 1, it wasn’t until the past few days that the Salvation Army has been able to purchase tickets for its clients.

Brecto said earlier this month that he had attempted to contact Jefferson Lines staff both before and after the bus service resumed, but was met with only “vague” responses. The bus service hadn’t even confirmed that it had officially resumed here, he said.

Brecto said Wednesday that he received an email from Jefferson Lines shortly after an Oct. 17 article about the bus service appeared in The Jamestown Sun, which included his comments about frustrating and vague communication with Jefferson Lines.

The Salvation Army is grateful that Jefferson Lines bus service is back, Brecto said, because now homeless clients can take the bus from Jamestown to either Bismarck or Fargo, where there are more services available.

“When the need arises and someone comes to us, we’ll be able to use it,” he said.

“The newness of the situation” is probably what caused the communication issues, Brecto said.

Jefferson Lines had previously offered bus service in Jamestown with a ticket office at the Truck Plaza and Cafe, and ceased service in May when the Truck Plaza owner decided to discontinue the business’ service as a bus stop.

Now, although Jefferson Lines buses stop twice a day on First Avenue West, there isn’t a local ticket office. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 800-451-5333.

The westbound Jefferson Lines bus to Bismarck stops on First Avenue West in front of Babb’s Coffee House at 1:40 p.m. daily. The bus heading east to Fargo stops in the same location at 10:05 p.m. daily.

Sun reporter Charly Haley can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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