Metro Transit (Kalamazoo)

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Metro Transit
Kalamazoo Metro Transit
Owner Kalamazoo, MI
Locale Kalamazoo, MI, Portage, MI, Kalamazoo County, MI, Oshtemo Township, MI, Kalamazoo Township, MI, Comstock Township, MI, Texas Township, MI, Pavilion Township, MI, Parchment, MI
Transit type bus service, para transit
Number of lines 19 fixed routes
Number of stations Kalamazoo Transportation Center, Western Michigan University Campus Loading Zone, Crossroads Mall
Annual ridership 3,100,000 in 2013
Chief executive Sean McBride
Headquarters 530 N. Rose Street Kalamazoo MI
Began operation 1967
Number of vehicles 25 diesel fixed route busses, 11 hybrid electric diesel fixed route busses, 10 community service vans, 45 county connect coaches

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 door to door Metro County Connect service is slso available for riders.

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.

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.[1]

In 2006, voters approved a millage to permit Metro Transit to retain night and Saturday service and add two routes in Portage.[2] 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.

In August 2015 voters approved a millage of up to 0.75 mills to extend service to 10 p.m. on 3 routes, 11:15 p.m. for 3 routes and to 12:15 p.m. on 12 routes and also added daytime Sunday service from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on 17 routes starting in September 2016 and running through 2020.

Through a partnership with Western Michigan University WMU students and faculty are allowed to utilize any route in the system free of charge when showing their Bronco ID.[3]


Kalamazoo Metro Transit is governed by a seven-member Transit Authority Board of Directors appointed by the Mayor of Kalamazoo with consent of the Kalamazoo city commission and an executive director appointed by the city commission. The current executive director is Sean McBride.[4]

The Transit Authority Board Board of Directors includes[5]


The Kalamazoo Transportation Center serves as the primary transfer hub for Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus routes

No. Name Service points[6]
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, Cedar Trail Apartments, 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 Crossroads Mall, Portage Central High School, Industrial Park, Portage City Hall, Walmart, and Meijer on Shaver.


  1. ^ Chourey, Sarita (March 30, 2008). "Public transit gears up to go countrywide". Kalamazoo Gazette. p. B1. 
  2. ^ Cedric Ricks (November 8, 2006). "Bus tax approved by narrow margin". Kalamazoo Gazette. 
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  6. ^ Metro Transit Bus Routes

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