Public Transit Human Service Agency Plan

Calhoun County Coordinated Public Transit Human Service Agency Plan
Battle Creek Transit (BCT) assumed the role of lead agency in the update of the Calhoun County Coordinated Public Transit - Human Service Agency Plan (PDF).

A group of stakeholders were also involved in the planning processes. The stakeholders included representatives of social service agencies and organizations; public, private, and nonprofit transportation providers; and, the general public. Individuals and agencies involved in the planning process are listed in the following table:

Plan Update Participants

Agency / organization / Entity
B&W Charters Inc.
Gene Wright II
Battle Creek Area Transportation Study
Pat Karr
Battle Creek Transit
Richard Werner
Calhoun County Resident
Michael Dickert
Calhoun County Resident
Wilford Fullerton
Calhoun County Resident
Pan Namest
Calhoun County Senior Services
Carl Gibson
City of Marshall Dial-a-Ride
Jerry Hutchinson
Community Action
Charles Asher / Teri Maisner
Community Inclusive Recreation
Jim Pearl
Concorde Transportation
Kevin Patrick
Dean Trailways of Michigan
Nichole Enz
Disability Network Southwest Michigan
Michele McGowen
Marion E. Burch Adult Day Care Center
Kris Jenkins
Michigan Department of Human Services - Calhoun County
Justin Logsdon
Summit Pointe
Dawn Nichols
The Salvation Army
The Plan
On November 17, 2014 a letter was sent to transportation/human service providers within Calhoun County soliciting agency input. The survey information requested included description of services being provided as well as goals, strategies, and potential projects along with any current gaps in service that they could identify. Information was also posted on the City of Battle Creek Website, Battle Creek Transit’s social media page, downtown transfer station shelters, and Battle Creek Transit’s vehicles soliciting public input on gaps in transportation in Calhoun County as well as potential goals, strategies, and projects. We then followed up with respondents and provided them with the listing of potential projects submitted and requested that they prioritize these within short-term, mid-term, and long-term status.

All information received from agencies and public participants, as well as 2010 Census Data was then compiled into a draft plan. On March 13, 2015, the draft plan was sent to the agencies and public individuals who had responded to the survey requesting that final comments on the overall plan be submitted by March 27, 2015. Only one response on how the process should proceed in the on future was received and indicated they felt it was not necessary to meet annually but maybe email annual updates instead. They suggested that participants should handle the projects they can do on their own first and then maybe partner with other entities or companies in order to facilitate the projects that require assistance.

On April 23, 2015 participating individuals were notified that the final draft plan is viewable on Battle Creek Transit’s website, or for those without internet access, a copy was provided to them. The final draft version was forwarded to Michigan Department of Transportation on April 23, 2015 for review and approval.