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Posted on: September 18, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Battle Creek Transit to make additional adjustments to fixed-route services beginning Sept. 25

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Battle Creek Transit will make additional adjustments to its fixed-route (bus) service, in response to the continued shortage of drivers with a Commercial Driver’s License, beginning next Monday, Sept. 25.

Despite ongoing efforts to hire new CDL drivers, BCT is continuing to face the most significant shortage of drivers that the agency has experienced in its history – drivers must have a CDL to operate our large buses. It is important to note that this isn’t a problem unique to BCT, as transit agencies nationwide face similar challenges and service cuts amid the CDL driver shortage.

In order to maintain service throughout our fixed-route service area, the following additional adjustments to BCT’s fixed-route service schedule will be in place as of Monday, Sept. 25:

  • BCT fixed-route (bus) service will operate Monday-Friday, 5:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. There will still be no service from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. to provide lunch breaks for bus drivers.
     
  • All hourly bus routes will continue to operate every hour (except for the VA Express, which will continue to only run at 5:45 a.m.) and will service their last route of the day leaving downtown at 2:15 p.m.
     
  • All half-hour bus routes will service their last route of the day leaving downtown at 3:15 p.m.


  • BCT door-to-door services, Tele-Transit and BCGo, will continue to operate Monday-Friday, 5:15 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

BCT staff will be at the downtown Transfer Center, located next to the U.S. Post Office on McCamly Street, Thursday, Sept. 21, and Friday, Sept. 22, to help to address any questions or concerns that riders may have. BCT encourages riders affected by these changes to stop by and learn about Transit’s door-to-door services that can help to fill the gaps left by these fixed-route service adjustments.

The complete listing of BCT’s fixed-route/bus service schedule, by route, as of Monday Sept. 25:

  • 1W – West Michigan: 15 minutes after each hour, with the last route leaving downtown at 3:15 p.m.

 

  • 2E – Emmett/East Avenue: 5:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m.

 

  • 2W – Columbia/Territorial: 15 minutes after each hour, with the last route leaving downtown at 2:15 p.m.

 

  • 3E – Main/Post: 15 minutes after each hour, with the last route leaving downtown at 3:15 p.m.

 

  • 3W – Kendall/Goodale: 45 minutes after each hour, with the last route leaving downtown at 3:15 p.m.

 

  • 4N – NE Capital: 45 minutes after each hour, with the last route leaving downtown at 3:15 p.m.

 

  • 4S – SW Capital: 15 minutes after each hour, with the last route leaving downtown at 2:15 p.m.

 

  • 4S – Circulator (operational during Capital Avenue SW bridge closure): 15 and 45 minutes after each hour leaving Lakeview Square Mall, with the last route leaving the mall at 2:45 p.m.

 

  • 5W – Fort Custer/VA Hospital: 15 minutes after each hour, with the last route leaving downtown at 2:15 p.m.; VA Express only at 5:45 a.m.

 

BCT staff know this is frustrating for riders, and are prepared to help neighbors navigate these additional service adjustments, as we work towards a solution. Neighbors who need help planning their trip can call BCT at 269-966-3474, and our Mobility Manager or dispatch team will be happy to help, as well.

For neighbors who face significant challenges with this new service schedule, BCT encourages them to consider our door-to-door transit options, such as Tele-Transit or BCGo. Both services run Monday-Friday and rides can be booked up to 14 days in advance. More information regarding BCT services can be found on our website at, battlecreekmi.gov/transit.

BCT is looking for part-time or full-time drivers. CDL positions start at $20.61 per hour, with no experience necessary, and paid training.

As the CDL driver shortage continues, BCT is looking to new ways to better serve our community. BCT is also currently accepting applications for non-CDL positions, starting at $18.15 per hour. Once these positions are filled, and new employees are onboarded, BCT plans to increase the number of vehicles that are operating service throughout the day. The focus will be on increasing the number of vehicles operating when fixed-route service is unavailable.

Both CDL and non-CDL positions offer a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, a retirement savings account with an employer match, and much more! Those interested can apply online at, battlecreekmi.gov/jobs.

For continued updates regarding changes to BCT routes, neighbors can sign up for Transit text/email alerts at, battlecreekmi.gov/notifyme, in the Alert Center category. You can also follow the BCT Facebook page at, facebook.com/BattleCreekTransit.

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