SERVICE ALTERNATIVES

The project team is currently studying existing transportation conditions in the County and has met with stakeholders and the public to discuss public transportation needs. To conduct this study, the project team has looked at where people live, work, and travel throughout the County, paying particular attention to demographic groups that tend to be more reliant on public transportation, such as seniors, persons with disabilities, young people, and people from lower-income households. The study also looked at existing travel flows and took inventory of existing transit services currently offered. This information enabled the project team to understand the gaps in service and barriers to using services that limit mobility by public transit in Calhoun County. The following draft service scenarios are a result of these processes.

The Calhoun County Transit Study will identify a plan for providing public transportation service for all residents. Public transportation in the county will offer residents connections to all aspects of community life.

 

The County will make the service:

The County is currently studying two scenarios for public transportation service. These scenarios are for planning only, the final scenario could be a blend of aspects from both. The final scenario is also contingent on funding.

Scenario 1 - Dial-a-Ride service that picks you up and drops you off at the place you want to go, available throughout the entire county.

How does it work?

Ride reservations:

  • Ride requests, via phone, website, or mobile app could be made at any time, but priority would be given to those who make reservations at least 24 hours in advance.

  • You could also travel up to 10 miles outside the county boundaries with an advance reservation.

Fare Pricing:

  • To determine how much you pay, the county would be divided into 5 zones. The zones would be used to determine the trip price - trip fares are distance-based.

  • If your full trip stays within one zone, you
    are charged the minimum price. If you travel to another zone, you would pay more.

  • Lower fares would be available for senior
    citizens and people with disabilities.

 

Benefits:

  • Travel anywhere in the county

  • Can book ride using mobile app

  • Option to travel outside the county

  • Longer hours of service

  • Sunday service

 

Drawbacks:

  • Total cost of service is more expensive for the county

Scenario 2 - Dial-a-Ride service available daily. On some weekdays, trips would be available to and from the Battle Creek area for a lower price.

How does it work?

Ride reservations:

  • Ride requests could be made by phone call at least 24 hours in advance. Same-day ride requests can be made but will only be fulfilled as capacity and schedules allow.

Fare Pricing:

  • All trips would be provided at two price points, local trips, and from any Zone to and from Zone 1 trips.

  • Local trips are defined as those are either within Zone 1 or are within Zones 2 through 5 (travel between any of the Zones 2 through 5 would be considered local trips).

  • Lower fares would be available for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

  • Any daily trips within a zone would be charged a lower price and any trip that went between Zone 1 (Battle Creek) and the other zones would be charged more.

  • On designated day(s), you can make a trip to and from Zone 1 (Battle Creek) for a local, lower price. See map for example.

Benefits:

  • Travel anywhere in the county

  • Schedule trips for lower fare

  • Lower cost to the county for service

 

Drawbacks:

  • Must make reservations at least 24 hours in advance

  • No Sunday service

  • No service outside the county 

Provide your feedback

Which scenario do you prefer?