Bus Line 17 Extension Approved for a Stop in Hillcrest Estates!

Mar 20, 2024

We are pleased to announce we will have a stop in Hillcrest Estates, the bus will then provide access throughout Eau Claire and Altoona. This is huge for our residents! This will give our residents daily transportation to hospitals, shopping, groceries and more! Over the next several months finalization for the bustling will take place, this won’t happen overnight, but we will keep you posted along the way. 

In the Spring of 2023 we sent out the survey above because we saw the need to expand the bus line route 17. The bus route 17 was already in service, but it didn’t travel to the Eastern part of Eau Claire. Many people, our residents included, were having to walk long distances to a nearby bus stop just to get to work, or go to a store for their basic needs. 

It is because of everyone who used their voice and took the survey regarding the need for the bus line extension- we will officially have a stop in Hillcrest Estates! Your feedback was instrumental in making this happen and we are thankful. 

More information on the bus line: 

The bus stops at many different locations, and most of the stops are every hours. https://www.eauclairewi.gov/government/our-divisions/transit/maps-schedules/17-altoona You will be able to see the weekly and saturday schedule on Eau Claires website above. The mat currently doesn’t show the new stops for Hillcrest, but it should be updated in the coming months.

Don’t have a bus pass yet? You can go here: https://www.eauclairewi.gov/services/transit-fares-passes and see the daily rates, monthly passes, student passes, and even see information on reduced fare for those that qualify. 

Some business’ around the bus stops at are:


  • The Informalist - Modern American fare in a stylish setting. 205 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 4.5 miles.

  • The Nucleus - Cozy cafe serving coffee, pastries, and light bites. 405 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 4.6 miles

  • Ramone's Ice Cream Parlor - Charming spot for homemade ice cream treats.503 Galloway St, Eau Claire, WI 54703. 4.8 miles

  • Shanghai Bistro - Asian fusion dishes in a casual atmosphere. 2930 Craig Rd, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 4.2 miles


  • The Plus - Lively venue offering craft beer, cocktails, and live music. 208 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 4.5 miles.

  • The Fire House - Historic fire station turned bar with a relaxed vibe. 202 Gibson St, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 4.7 miles

  • The Joynt - Local favorite for drinks and entertainment. 322 Water St, Eau Claire, WI 54703. 4.8 miles

Grocery Stores:

  • Festival Foods - Full-service grocery store with a deli and bakery. 3007 Mall Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 4.3 miles.

  • Woodman's Food Market - Large supermarket chain with a wide selection. 2855 Woodman Dr, Altoona, WI 54720. 4.1 miles


  • Associated Bank - Branch offering personal and business banking services. 2215 Fairfax St, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 4.1 miles



  • Nestle Purina PetCare - Pet food manufacturing facility. 1310 Jefferson St, Eau Claire, WI 54703. 4.6 miles.

Transportation Facilities:

  • Eau Claire Transit - Public transportation system serving the Eau Claire area. Various stops along Busline 17. 

  • Eau Claire Airport - Regional airport offering commercial flights. 3800 Starr Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54703. 5.3 miles


  • HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital - Full-service hospital providing healthcare services. 900 W Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 5.2 miles


  • Carson Park - Scenic park featuring walking trails and baseball fields. 100 Carson Park Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 5.2 miles

Shopping Centers:

  • Oakwood Mall - Large shopping mall with a variety of stores and dining options.4800 Golf Rd, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 4.9 miles


Entertainment Venues:


  • Chippewa Valley Museum - Local history museum featuring exhibits and artifacts. 1204 E Half Moon Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54703. 5.6 miles

Churches/Places of Worship:

Community Centers:


Health & Fitness Centers:

  • Anytime Fitness - 24-hour gym with cardio and strength training equipment. 307 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI 54701. 4.6 miles

Auto Repair Shops:

  • Napa AutoCare Center - Automotive repair and maintenance services. 1218 Menomonie St, Eau Claire, WI 54703. 4.7 miles

Pet Services:

  • Waggin' Tailz Inn - Pet boarding and grooming services. 1304 N Hillcrest Pkwy, Altoona, WI 54720. 2.3 miles