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There are several organizations that are working to make a positive impact on public transit through advocating for the needs of the community, promoting public transit, and providing essential feedback to promote change. With the help of the following groups, many improvements were made and the awareness of the needs of individuals with disabilities, low-incomes, and the elderly is ever increasing.

Organizational Committees

Regional Interagency Consumers Committee (RICC)

The Regional Interagency Consumers Committee (RICC) is a local grassroots group of people that is supported by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council. Members include people with developmental disabilities, family members, friends, local advocates, community leaders, and service providers. RICCs are an extension of the Developmental Disabilities Council in more than 30 Michigan counties.

Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.   In the 15th Floor conference room at Lakeview Apartments, 601 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI.

The RICC is currently looking for new members. For more information please contact:

Heather Holloway
RICC Meeting Facilitator

Berrien County Mobility Coalition

In 2009, the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission conducted two studies of public transit in Berrien County.  The outcome of these studies resulted in the formation of the Transit - Human Services Coordination Work Group.  This coalition of over 20 agencies, including social service agencies, government departments, and transit agencies had a mission to work toward providing coordinated transportation to meet the needs of Berrien County residents and met for a number of years. 

If you would like know about current meetings and opportunities contact: 

Kim Gallagher, Senior Planner 
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
376 W. Main St. Suite 130
Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3615
Phone: 269-925-1137 ext 1518

 Public Transit in Southwest Michigan


Volunteer or Community Service Opportunities

Are you looking to get involved?  

Do you want to help make transportation in Southwest Michigan better? Join community members, riders of public transit, bikers, drivers, workers, employers who benefit from public transit, volunteers, and advocates and start a Friends of Transit group today! Friends of Transit members provide feedback to local public transit systems and promotes accessible and effective public transportation in our communities.

No experience needed! For more information on how to get involved contact:

Kim Gallagher 
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
376 W. Main St. Suite 130
Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3615
Phone: 269-925-1137 ext 1518
This page last updated on 3/5/2018.