Your Transit Department
During this detour all stops along Columbia Avenue between Helmer Road and Riverside Drive will not be serviced. Major bus stops such as Meijer and the Columbia Plaza will continue to be serviced and temporary stops have been placed along the detour (please see the following image).
We encourage customers to be patient with us as we may experience alternate bus stop times and/or delays during this project.
If you need help planning your trip, please contact dispatch at 269-966-3474.
Thank you for your patience.
Transit's FY2021 Program of Projects
Battle Creek Transit's FY2021 Program of Projects is available for review. Click on the following link to be taken to the public notice:
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.
Federal Face-Mask Mandate
In accordance with the federal face-mask mandate, effective Feb. 1, 2021, individuals riding in or operating a Battle Creek Transit (BCT) vehicle, entering a BCT facility or the Intermodal Transportation Center (Amtrak/Greyhound station), or waiting on BCT property to board a vehicle, including all BCT bus stops, must wear a face mask at all times. Refusing to wear a mask is a violation of federal law, which can lead to penalties under the law, as well as ride denial.
Masks must properly cover both the nose and mouth. Face shields and face coverings, such as a bandana or handkerchief, do not qualify as a face mask. Prolonged periods of mask removal for the purpose of eating, drinking or smoking are not permitted.
BCT accepts the CDC’s definition of mask under this order. The following link is the CDC’s guidance on masks: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html
This policy does not apply to children under the age of 2, people with a disability who cannot safely wear a mask because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. An exemption under ADA is a narrow exemption that includes a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask for reasons related to the disability. It is not meant to cover persons for whom mask-wearing may only be difficult.
Individuals requesting an exemption under ADA should contact Battle Creek Transit at 269-966-3474 for information. BCT may request medical consultation, medical documentation, and/or other information to support this exemption. Passengers may be required to provide evidence that the passenger does not have COVID-19, such as a negative result from a SAR-CoV-2 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. Passengers seeking exemption may be asked to travel at less crowded times or may be asked to request an accommodation in advance through advanced booking reservations.
For more information on the CDC Order click on the following link:
To read the TSA Security Directive, click on the following link:
Thank you for complying with this Federal Mandate
Upcoming Holiday Schedule
On Monday, May 31, 2021, Battle Creek Transit will be closed for Memorial Day. Buses and Tele-Transit WILL NOT be running.
Bids & Proposal Solicitations!
If you are interested in what Bid & Proposal Solicitations are currently available from the City of Battle Creek...including Battle Creek Transit, click on the following link for a complete list:
Due to the coronavirus mandates, Battle Creek Transit's Administrative Lobby continues to be closed until further notice HOWEVER, you are still able to conduct business at our walk up window at 339 W. Michigan Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Passes can also be exchanged or purchased at Full Blast.
Riders who still have multi-ride passes must exchange them for books of individual ride tickets, for any remaining rides on the pass. Riders can purchase new books of individual tickets at the same rate as the multi-ride pass.
This change is to keep contact between drivers and passengers at a minimum, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Riders will show the driver the front of the pass when boarding through the front door, and request a transfer at that time, if needed. Transfers remain free.
Whenever possible, riders should exit Transit vehicles through the rear doors, unless they need to use the lift or ramp.
Transit has operated, temporarily, fare-free since late March, so we could continue public transportation services to the community, while also helping prevent the spread of the virus. This is equal to almost half of Transit’s annual fare revenues. The Transit team spent the last few months implementing a fare collection procedure that is safe for our passengers, and our staff.
Bus fare remains at $1.25 per ride. Riders must pay exact cash fare; drivers cannot make change.
Please wear a mask while using Transit services, and observe the social distancing markings inside the vehicles.
BCT FARE INCREASE POSTPONED
Because of continued service adjustments in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Battle Creek Transit will keep the current fare structure, and revisit a proposed fare increase at a later time.
Right now, Transit buses and Tele-Transit vans continue to operate on their regular schedules, fare-free and with rear boarding when possible, to limit personal interaction and help prevent the spread of the virus.
When the restrictions loosen, bus fare will remain $1.25 per single ride, $.60 reduced fare and Tele-Transit ADA and reduced fare will remain $2 ($7 full fare).
For more information, click on this link https://www.battlecreekmi.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1062
Shopping Carts 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.
Please see the tab labeled Guidelines for your Safety and Comfort.