Reduced number of vans will be in service until after Thanksgiving, training of new drivers.
Battle Creek Transit has fewer Tele-Transit vans on the road, due to a coach operator shortage – but the change is temporary.
The service already is down one van, and a second will stop most of its service as of Monday, Oct. 16. Transit has been working through a shortage of coach operators – the drivers for the fixed-route buses and appointment-based Tele-Transit vans.
Both vans are expected back in full service after Thanksgiving. This will give Transit time to train several drivers recently hired.
Transit continues to seek qualified coach operators. Visit battlecreekmi.gov/jobs to view the job description and apply online.
Tele-Transit service hours remain the same – 5:15 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, and 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. A one-way fare is $7, reduced to $5 after 6:45 p.m., and $2 for seniors and those with disabilities (with Transit ID card).
ADA-certified passengers will receive the same level of Tele-Transit service. The fixed-route bus lines are not affected.
To schedule a Tele-Transit ride, or with additional questions, call Transit at 269-966-3474.