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Transit Service Changes Effective 9/25/2023


Due to continued CDL driver shortage, BCT has to make additional service cuts to their fixed route services. 

BCT continues to be impacted by a CDL driver shortage which results in additional service changes to our fixed route service schedule.  Starting Monday, September 25, fixed route services will run Monday through Friday from 5:15am to 3:45pm.  Service will continue to be unavailable between 11:15am and 12:15pm in order to provide drivers with a lunch break.  All hourly buses will service their last run leaving downtown at 2:15pm.  Half-hour buses will run their last run of the day leaving downtown at 3:15pm.   

BCT door-to-door services, Tele-Transit and BCGo, will continue to operate from 5:15am to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Due to this continued shortage, we are having to look at new ways to better serve our community.  BCT is accepting applications for non-CDL positions.  Once these positions are filled and new employees are onboarded, we plan to increase the number of vehicles that are operating service throughout the course of the day with a focus on increasing the number of vehicles operating when fixed route is unavailable.

We understand the frustration these changes have caused for our riders and we are committed to addressing this issue and working towards a solution.  BCT staff will be at the transfer center this week, Thursday and Friday, to address any questions and concerns that riders have.

In the meantime, please spread the word that we are looking for drivers.  BCT has part-time or full-time positions available for CDL and non-CDL drivers.  CDL positions start at $20.61 per hour, with no experience necessary, and paid training.  Non-CDL positions start at $18.15 per hour.  All positions offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement savings account with an employer match, and so much more!  Those interest can apply online at battlecreekmi.gov/jobs 

A graphic with the BCT logo and the list of the new BCT fixed-route schedule listed.

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N.E. Capital (4N -N.E. Capital) Detour Effective 8/14/2023


Due to sewer work that is happening along N.E. Capital our 4N – N.E. Capital bus will be on a temporarily detour until the project is complete.  

Heading outbound the 4N bus will turn right on Emmett Street, left on Wagner Drive, and right on N.E. Capital to resume regular route.  

Heading inbound the 4N bus will turn left Wagner Drive, right on Pitman Avenue, and left on N.E. Capital to resume regular route.  

During this detour the following bus stops will NOT be serviced: N.E. Capital at Pitman Avenue (outbound), N.E. Capital at Roosevelt (outbound), and N.E. Capital at Charlotte Street (inbound).  

To better serve our customers we have added a temporary stop on Wagner Drive near Pitman Avenue (outbound) and on Wagner Drive before N.E. Capital (outbound). Passengers who utilize the 4N bus to access Verona School, please note the school will only be serviced at the inbound bus stop located on N.E. Capital at Hunter Street.  

We apologize for any inconvenience.  


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DETOURS SET FOR CAPITAL SW BRIDGE REBUILD PROJECT


The city is releasing additional and updated detour information for the Capital Avenue SW bridge rebuild project, set to start on Friday, July 7. 

When Capital SW closes at the bridge over I-94 for the project, it will stay completely closed until the project is finished, planned for 75 days (late September). MDOT will release more information next week about the bridge project itself, and we will share that when we receive it. 

Here’s what you need to know now, for your planning purposes: 

Signs will be posted at Christy Road, Rebecca Road, Beckwith Drive, Langley Road, and Hamilton Lane for local traffic only/no through traffic. We hope to keep detour traffic on the detour routes, and only traffic on these local streets going to the homes there. 

A pedestrian detour will be in place using Beckley Road, Riverside Drive, East Minges Road, and Capital SW. Follow the sidewalks on those roads if you are traveling by non-motorized methods. The Capital SW Circulator bus (info below) also can help in this area.
 

Our water main installation project that includes the area of Helmer and Beckley roads will affect the detours for the Capital SW bridge project. There are closures on Helmer from I-94 to Beckley and on Beckley to Minges South, allowing local traffic only. This means you can only drive into these sections if you are going to a home or business in that area

Once the Capital SW bridge over 94 closes on July 7, these detours will be in place

  • Capital SW southbound – Use Knapp Road, to Minges Road South, to Watkins Road, to Helmer Road, to I-94 east, to the Beckley Road exit. 
     We are working with MDOT to coordinate the Helmer/Watkins traffic signal with the temporary signals at the 94 interchange to help with traffic flow.
     
      
  • Capital SW northbound – Use I-94 east to M-66, back to I-94 west, to the Capital Avenue exit.  

We also recommend using Riverside Drive and Columbia Avenue to get around the bridge closure. 

Battle Creek Transit must temporarily detour and change 4S – Capital SW bus route, which will look like this, starting July 7: 

  • Outbound – The bus will travel on Capital SW, turn right on Mason Road, right on Dunham Drive, and right on Adams Road, back to Capital. The bus will cross Capital heading east on Beckwith Drive, turn right on Brookfield Drive, and right on Riverside Drive to Lakeview Square Mall.
     
      
  • Second, “Capital Circulator” bus will accommodate bus stops along Beckley – The Capital Circulator will meet the 4S bus at the mall at 45 minutes after each hour. Passengers going toward downtown should transfer to the 4S bus, and passengers going to stops on Beckley or south of Mason on Capital should transfer to the Capital Circulator. 
    • The Capital Circulator outbound will turn left on Riverside Drive, right on Beckley, left on Capital SW, left on Glenn Cross Road, left on Minges Creek Place, right on Beckley toward Walmart and Meijer, then back to the mall. 
    • The Capital Circulator is a half-hour route and will leave the mall at 15 and 45 minutes after each hour.
        
  • Temporary stops added:  
    • Brookfield Drive near Riverside Drive (outbound) 
    • Riverside Drive before Brookfield Drive (inbound)
        
  • Fare-free bus stops
    • Capital SW near Hamilton Road (out/inbound) 
    • Capital SW near Christy Road (out/inbound) 
    • Capital SW near Panera Bread (outbound) 
    • Brookfield Drive near Riverside Drive (out/inbound) 
    • Beckley Road near the Travelodge Inn (inbound)
         
  • NO service to these bus stops
    • Capital SW near Advia Credit Union (outbound) 
    • Beckley Road at Capital SW (inbound) 
    • Capital SW near Red Lobster (inbound) 


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UPCOMING HOLIDAYS


Monday, September 4, 2023, Battle Creek Transit will be closed for Labor Day.  Buses, Tele-Transit, and BCGo WILL NOT be running.

For a complete listing of holidays, click on the following link:  Transit 2023 Holiday Schedule

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BCT Fare Change

Battle Creek Transit will operate with new fares on our fixed route and tele-transit services starting July 1, 2022.   

Fixed route single ride trips are $1.75 ($0.85 reduced fare).  Tele-Transit single ride trips are $7.00 5am-7pm, $5.00 7pm-12am and $3.00 for ADA/reduced fare/senior passengers.

Bus Passes can be purchased at Full Blast, City Hall and our BCT Administrative Office.  New pass rates are listed below:

Fixed Route Passes:
12 RIde - $15.00
12 Ride (reduced) - $8.00
48 Ride - $56.00
48 Ride (reduced) - $34.00
48 Ride (student) - $45.00

Tele-Transit Passes:
10 Ride - $50.00
10 Ride (ADA/Reduced) - $30.00
20 Ride - $100.00
20 Ride (ADA/Reduced) - $60.00
 
Any BCT passes purchased prior to July 1, 2022 will be accepted,  however, If you still have the punch pass style of bus pass, these will NOT be accepted.   You can exchange those at Battle Creek Transit for the individual passes, or hang onto them because we do anticipate going back to that style eventually. 

If you have any questions regarding any of the fare changes, please call 269-966-3474,

   

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CALHOUN COUNTY COORDINATED MOBILITY PILOT


BCGo is a pilot program demonstrating the feasibility of an on-demand transportation system in Calhoun County.  This pilot program is funded through a Michigan Department of Transportation grant and is expected to operate for a period of 12 consecutive months.  BCGo is operated by Battle Creek Transit, a department of the City of Battle Creek, and collaborating agencies.  These collaborating agencies may operate vehicles that do not reflect the BCGo name or branding but are operating the same BCGo on-demand software as part of the pilot demonstration.

Trips can be booked by using the BCGo App or by calling Battle Creek Transit Dispatch at (269) 966-3474.  The pilot will initially operate Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information and a listing of frequently asked questions, click on the following link:

  

Battle Creek Go (bcgomi.com)



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BIDS & PROPOSAL SOLICITATIONS

Bid & Proposal solicitations are currently available from the City of Battle Creek...include Battle Creek Transit when available. Click on the following link for a complete list:

 

Bid & Proposal Solicitations | Battle Creek, MI (battlecreekmi.gov)




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POLICIES

SHOPPING CART POLICY:
Please click on the tab on the left entitled Guidelines for your Safety and Comfort for important information regarding shopping carts on BCT vehicles.

STROLLER POLICY:
Please click on the tab on the left entitled Guidelines for your Safety and Comfort for important information regarding shopping carts on BCT vehicles.