Fixed Route Service

The Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority (TCATA) provides fixed route service which follows a defined route, picking up and dropping off passengers at designated stops. It is recommended you arrive at the bus stop 5-10 minutes early to ensure you do not miss the bus.

Fixed route service offers a significant cost savings over Dial a Ride curb-curb service - the fares are only $1 each way (50 cents for seniors, children, and persons with disabilities)!

Blue Route

Also known as "The Special" or the "Line Haul" route, the Blue Route makes a one-hour loop through Benton Harbor and the Benton Township (Fairplain) retail area. The Blue Route runs twice an hour, servicing some locations four times an hour.

Red Route

The Red Route makes a one-hour loop through Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, St. Joseph Township, and Stevensville. 

Yellow Route

The Yellow Route serves housing (Benton Manor, Blossom Acres, and Buss Housing) in addition to other stops (KPEP, Boys and Girls Club, InterCare, and Forest Ave & Edge Cumbe Ave). The Yellow Route feeds into the Blue and Red Routes with a free transfer. 

Request a Stop Option (Flex Service)

Time and weather permitting, passengers may have the option to be dropped off or picked up at a different point in between the bus stops. To be dropped off at a location in between stops, let the driver know the location you need to be dropped off at as you are boarding the bus. To be picked up at locations in between stops, you must call to request a pickup by dialing (269) 927-4461. Be sure to specify to the dispatcher which route you would like the pickup on. There are a number of pre-approved locations that are considered “flex stops” along the Blue and Red Routes. 

Searching for a job click below to see how you can take the fixed route bus to work!

Red and Blue Job Flyers Routes
Red Route            Blue Route
Where's my bus? 
Download the DoubleMap Smartphone App and search for "Benton Harbor, Dial-A-Ride" or visit for real time bus locations. 

This page last updated on 8/20/2020.


essential trip information


Introducing the NEW Yellow Route

Monday - Friday 7:00am - 5:00pm. 

Operations Center Hours


M-F 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Blue and Red Fixed Route Hours

M-F 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Yellow Fixed Route Hours 

(Service Started January 15, 2020)

M-F 7:00 am - 5:00 pm