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PUBLIC NOTICE

 

BATTLE CREEK TRANSIT

PROPOSED STATE AND FEDERAL APPLICATION

FOR OPERATING AND/OR CAPITAL ASSISTANCE

 

All citizens are advised that the City of Battle Creek / Battle Creek Transit has prepared an application for State of Michigan financial assistance for fiscal year 2025 as required under Act 51 of the Public Acts of 1951, as amended, and for federal assistance as required under the federal transit laws, as amended.

 

Battle Creek Transit is requesting the following funds:        

 

Funding Source

Project 

Description

State Funding

Federal

Funding

Local Funding

Total

Funding

5307 & LBO

Transit Operating

$ 1,723,907

$  2,077,919

$   354,012

$ 4,155,838

5310

New Freedom Operating

 

$     229,995

$   229,995

$    459,990

5310

Mobility Management

$      16,500

$       66,000

 

$      82,500

MDOT CTF

Specialized Services

$    135,341

 

 

$     135,341

Intercity Bus 5311(f)

Facility Improvements

$      46,000

$      184,000

 

$     230,000

5339 Formula

Communication Equipment

$      32,660

$     130,641

 

$    163,301

5339 Discretionary

Facility Construction

$ 4,075,000

$ 16,300,000

 

$20,375,000     

5339

Vehicle Replacement

$      53,460

$       213,840

 

$     267,300

5339

Vehicle Replacement

$      33,000

$       132,000

 

$     165,000

TOTAL

 

$ 6,115,868

$  19,334,395

$  584,007      

$26,034,270


Battle Creek Transit ensures that the level and quality of transportation service is provided without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  For more information regarding our Title VI obligations, or to file a complaint, please contact us at the address given below.


The proposed application is on file at Battle Creek Transit, 339 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49037 and may be reviewed during a 30-day period from January 16, 2024 to February 14, 2024 between the hours of 8am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.   Written comments regarding the application and/or written requests for a public hearing to review the application must be received by February 14, 2024.  If a hearing is requested, notice of the schedule date, time, and location will be provided at least 10 days in advance.

 

Submittals should be sent to Mallory Avis at Battle Creek Transit, 339 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49037 or via email to mravis@battlecreekmi.gov.


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UPCOMING HOLIDAYS


Monday, February 19, 2024, Battle Creek Transit Administrative Offices will be closed in observance of President's Day.  Buses, Tele-Transit, and BCGo WILL be running.

For a complete listing of holidays, click on the following link:  
Transit 2024 Holiday Schedule

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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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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.