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by Debra Panozzo
Friday, June 9, 2017

If you need assistance utilizing this web site and would like to use a tool, such as NonVisual Desktop Acess because you have low vision or are blind and need a reader/narrator, contact the Mobility Manager for details at 269-925-1137 x 1519 or send an email to: info@swmpc.org

by Kim Gallagher
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Make riding the bus easier - buy a Punch Card.  

Blue Card Cost: $13.50 Value: $15.00 in bus rides

White Card Cost: $22.50 Value: $25.00 in bus rides. 

Purchase cards in the TCATA office and have your fare ready next time you ride the bus. 

Debra Panozzo, Mobility Manager.  

by Debra Panozzo
Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Berrien Bus Local Advisory Council meeting has been changed from Friday September 9 at 10 am to October 14 at 10 am.  

by Kim Gallagher
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

TCATA/Twin Cities Area Transporation Authority is looking to hire bus drivers.  Drivers are required to have a CDL license with a Passenger (P) designation.  Call TCATA with questions, customer service phone line: 269-927-2268

by Kim Gallagher
Monday, August 31, 2015

Niles Dial-A-Ride Transportation is hiring two part-time positions: one driver, and one dispatcher.  Job descriptions and applications are available on the city’s website here: http://www.ci.niles.mi.us/DeptsAndServices/HumanResources/Employment.htm.  Drivers need to possess (or be able to obtain within 60 days) a CDL with P endorsement.  Dispatchers must have basic computer skills.  

by Kim Gallagher
Monday, May 19, 2014

Technical Memorandums

The technical memorandums below have been prepared for the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission and other community stakeholders as an initial component for conducting the Berrien Countywide Transit Feasibility Study.  As an interim work product for the study, it should be considered draft working material, to which corrections and additions will be made.

Technical Memorandum 1

Evaluation of Current OperationsSpecific areas relevant to the feasibility of consolidating transit services in Berrien County are discussed, and issues identified through the evaluation to this point in the project are highlighted. Data included in this technical memorandum will be updated with more current information as the study progresses.


Technical Memorandum 2

Evaluation of Proposed Options: This memorandum reviews and discusses the range of alternatives, from improved coordination through to a countywide system operated by one entity.


Technical Memorandum 3

Preliminary Financing Plan for a Countywide Transit System: This preliminary financial plan begins with a review of the various revenue sources. The review provides information on current conditions and discusses considerations related to a countywide transit system, including those related to local millage support for countywide transit services. 


Technical Memorandum 4

Considerations for Establishment of a Berrien County Transit Authority: This technical memorandum discusses the issues and factors related to such a structure, a proposed Berrien County Transit Authority.  Much of this document relates to the governance implications of establishing an authority, an area that will need the most attention initially.
by Kim Gallagher
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Public comment is needed on the proposed changes to the Blue Route.

Effective November 1, 2013

 

by Christina Pippen
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On  Wednesday, June 6th Dan Dalton and Ken Hosen; KFH Group consultants, presented  Technical Memorandum # 1 which presents a wide range of information that was gathered and evaluated to this point in the project, including profiles of each of the transit systems that details each by administration and management, marketing and advertising, capital facilities and equipment, and operations and maintenance.  Throughout these system profiles, the variety of issues and opportunities identified to this point in the study are presented and discussed. 

Click Here to View Technical Memorandum # 1

Next Steps

While the KFH Group start on Technical Memorandum #2, the subcommittee of the Berrien County Coordinated Transportation Coalition (BCCTC) facilitated by Mobility Manager, Christina Pippen, will begin discussing the development of a unified policies and training program.  

If you have any questions pertaining to content written in the technical memorandum, please direct your questions to KFH Consultant, Dan Dalton at DDalton@kfhgroup.com or call (301) 951-8660.

If you have any questions about ongoing coordination efforts or would like to get involved, please contact Senior Planner at the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, Kim Gallagher at Kgallagher@swmpc.org or call (269) 925-1137 ext 18 or contact Mobility Manager, Christina Pippen at pippenc@swmpc.org or call (269) 925-1137 ext 19.

by Christina Pippen
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Good Morning,

 

On  Wednesday, June 6th Dan Dalton and Ken Hosen; KFH Group consultants , presented the 1st Technical Memorandum which is a compilation of detailed information regarding the consolidation of transit services in Berrien County.  At the meeting, many of you shared really great comments and concerns, thank you! For those of you who could not attend this meeting, please see the attached meeting summary, comments from our stakeholders, and a copy of the power point presentation.

 

Next Steps

I believe we have gained the momentum to begin making the small changes that were suggested in the 1 of 3 technical memorandums. Many people indicated that they wanted to stay engaged in the planning process and the committed support that the community provides is very telling of how important the study is for the community.

While the KFH Group continues to work on the 2nd Technical Memo, the subcommittee of the Berrien County Coordinated Transportation Coalition facilitated by Mobility Manager, Christina Pippen, will began discussing the development of a unified policies and training program.  

 

If you have any questions pertaining to content written in the technical memorandum, please direct your questions to KFH Consultant, Dan Dalton at DDalton@kfhgroup.com or call (301) 951-8660.

 

If you have any questions about ongoing coordination efforts or would like to get involved, please contact Senior Planner at the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, Kim Gallagher at Kgallagher@swmpc.org or call (269) 925-1137 ext 18 or Mobility Manager, Christina Pippen at pippenc@swmpc.org or call (269) 925-1137 ext 19.

 View the 1st Technical Memorandum here.

by Christina Pippen
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

TCATA and Paratransit Service

The Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority (TCATA) has implemented Paratransit services for residents living within *3/4 of a mile (or a 2 minute walk) on either side of the current Blue and Red Fixed Route bus stops located throughout Benton Harbor and St. Joseph.

*This excludes the Red route, commuter service that extends to Stevensville.

Paratransit Service Requirements

In order to meet the American Disability Act (ADA) requirements, the Paratransit service must operate the same hours of the Fixed Routes to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equitable access to  transportation that those who currently have access to the Fixed Routes does.

Eligibility for Paratransit Services

Not all persons with disabilities will be eligible for the paratransit services. Only those who have a disability that prevents him/her from using the fixed routes will be eligible to apply. It is only after TCATA staff approves the application, that one would be eligible to receive the paratransit services. The regular On Demand/Dial-a-ride service will continue to be available for people not living within 3/4 (two minutes) of a mile from the fixed route bus system.

How to Submit My Comments

There are several ways to submit your comments.

1) View the application by clicking the link below, then submit your comments HERE!

* PARATRANSIT PLAN*

2) Call office manager Veronica Burk at 269-927-2268 to request an application and give your comments verbally.

3) Send your comments or suggestions by mail to the following address:

ATTN: Veronica Burk
Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority
275 East Wall, PO Box 837
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022


We look forward to hearing from you!

PARATRANSIT PLAN

Submit Your Comments HERE!

by Kim Gallagher
Friday, February 24, 2012

The growing ranks of older Americans will far outpace previous generations with their level of mobility and activity," said TRIP Executive Director Will Wilkins. "Serving their needs will require a transportation system that includes safer roads, safer vehicles, safer drivers, and improved choices.

This report was just released in February 2012

Keeping Baby Boomers Mobile: Preserving Mobility and Safety for Older Americans

by Christina Pippen
Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Reduced Fare program is a federally funded program that allows seniors and people with disabilities to ride public transportation systems at a 50% reduced rate. Having the Reduced Fare card system in place does not only make transportation more affordable for people that are on limited incomes, but also adds convenience being that one card is accepted by all the transit providers in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.

Click on the image below for more information about the application process.

This image describes the Redued Fare Card application process

by Christina Pippen
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Learn How to Use
the Fixed Route System

Click on the Fixed Route Video below to learn how to use the Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority's (TCATA) fixed route bus system. Learn how you can start taking control of your day!

by Christina Pippen
Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Berrien Countywide Transit Feasibility Study process will provide a detailed analysis of the following opportunities:

  • To allow for additional rider benefits, such as better and increased services within the County and services that cross county lines;

  • To provide a more effective mechanism to address countywide transportation problems;

  • To provide greater opportunities for the creation of local dedicated funding sources for transit; and

  • To achieve economies of scale with regard to capital, operating, administrative, and human services.

Technical Memorandums

The technical memorandums below have been prepared for the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission and other community stakeholders as an initial component for conducting the Berrien Countywide Transit Feasibility Study.  As an interim work product for the study, it should be considered draft working material, to which corrections and additions will be made.

Technical Memorandum 1

Evaluation of Current Operations:  Specific areas relevant to the feasibility of consolidating transit services in Berrien County are discussed, and issues identified through the evaluation to this point in the project are highlighted. Data included in this technical memorandum will be updated with more current information as the study progresses.


Technical Memorandum 2

Evaluation of Proposed Options: This memorandum reviews and discusses the range of alternatives, from improved coordination through to a countywide system operated by one entity.


Technical Memorandum 3

Preliminary Financing Plan for a Countywide Transit System: This preliminary financial plan begins with a review of the various revenue sources. The review provides information on current conditions and discusses considerations related to a countywide transit system, including those related to local millage support for countywide transit services. 


Technical Memorandum 4

Considerations for Establishment of a Berrien County Transit Authority: This technical memorandum discusses the issues and factors related to such a structure, a proposed Berrien County Transit Authority.  Much of this document relates to the governance implications of establishing an authority, an area that will need the most attention initially.

We want your input! Please submit your comments HERE!