Metro Transit (Kalamazoo)
|Headquarters||530 N. Rose Street|
|Service type||bus service, paratransit|
|Stations||Kalamazoo Transportation Center|
• 3 Flxible coaches - 28 and 36 passengers • 7 El Dorado coaches - 28 passengers • 27 Gillig coaches - 32 and 40 passengers • 9 Ford minivans for Metro Van service
Kalamazoo Metro Transit is a public transport service that operates 19 routes in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, metropolitan area. Most routes serve the city proper, but some extend into the neighboring communities of Portage, Parchment, Comstock Township, Kalamazoo Township, and Oshtemo Township. Service is primarily by bus, although a special Metro County Connect Access service is available for riders with disabilities who cannot board regular buses.
Metro Transit is primarily funded by a combination of federal, state, and local contributions; in 2003, rider fares made up 19.25% of the operating budget.
Metro Transit is governed by a Board of Directors. The seven members are appointed by the Kalamazoo City Commission to terms of three years. Members must be residents of the city of Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo Metro Transit was formed in 1967, when residents of Kalamazoo voted to acquire the failing private transit company Kalamazoo City Lines. In 1980, with the purchase of a new bus fleet, Metro Transit operated the first fully wheelchair-accessible fleet in Michigan.
In 2003, Kalamazoo Metro Transit carried riders on more than three million trips. About one-third of the passengers had no driver's license, automobile, or other means of motorized transport.
In 2006, voters approved a millage to permit Metro Transit to retain night and Saturday service and add two routes in Portage. Declining financial support from the state, a flagging local economy, and rising fuel prices, led Metro Transit to increase fares to the current rate (as of January 2010) of $1.50 per adult.
The Kalamazoo Transportation Center serves as the primary transfer hub for Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus routes
|1||Westnedge||Downtown, Meijer on Westnedge, Crossroads Mall|
|2||Portage||Downtown, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Milwood Elementary, Milwood, Washington Elementary, Maple Ridge Apartments|
|3||West Michigan||Western Michigan University's main campus, The Arboretum, Village Apartments, Westland Meadows, Maple Hill Pavilion, West Main Mall|
|4||Oakland||Downtown, Michikal Street, Bureau of Services for Blind Persons West Michigan Regional Office/Training Center, Oakland Drive Oakwood, Parkview Avenue|
|5||East Main||Downtown, East Main Street, Eastwood Plaza|
|6||Parchment||Downtown, City of Parchment, Goodwill Industries, Parchment High School|
|7||Alamo||Downtown, Metro Transit offices, Alamo Avenue, Hillside Middle School|
|8||Egleston||Downtown, Wings Stadium, Milwood, Milwood Junior High, Covinton Road|
|9||Gull||Downtown, Borgess Medical Center, Nazareth Center Complex, East Towne Mall, Meijer and Walmart on Gull Road|
|10||Comstock||Downtown, Mayor's Riverfront Park, Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department, Kalamazoo County Jail, Comstock, Meijer on Gull Road.|
|11||Stadium/KVCC||Downtown, Western Michigan University, Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo Valley Community College - Oshtemo Township Campus|
|12||Duke||Downtown, YWCA, South Middle School, St. Monica's School, Hackett High School, Meijer on Westnedge, Milham Park, Loy Norrix High School, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport|
|13||South Burdick||Downtown Bronson Methodist Hospital, Family Independence Agency, MRC on Bank Street, Goodwill Industries, Milham Park, Loy Norrix High School, Meijer on Westnedge,|
|14||West Main||Downtown, Kalamazoo Central High School, Maple Hill Pavilion, Meijer on West Main|
|15||Paterson||Downtown, Metro Transit offices, Douglas Community Center, Interfaith Homes, Lincoln School, North Christian School, Northside Prep School|
|16||Lovell||Downtown, Kalamazoo City Hall, Oak and Lovell, Concord Place Apartments, 58 West, Western Michigan University's main campus|
|21||Solon-Kendall - Lafayette||Western Michigan University, Kendall Manor, Whitehall Apartments, and the Landing Apartments, Fraternity Village, Greenwood, and Knollwood Apartments|
|26||West Centre||Roeswood Complex, Anna's Vineyard, Milham Meadows, Oakwood, Crossroads Mall, Borgess at Woodbridge.|
|27||East Romence||Crooroads Mall, Portage Central High School, Industrial Park, Portage City Hall, Walmart, and Meijer on Shaver.|