Clinton Transit Simplifies Fare Structure

press release

It’s been 18 months since Clinton Transit passengers have needed to pay to ride the Blue Bus, but when fares resume on September 1, riders will appreciate a simpler structure.

“We want to keep people at the heart of all we do,” says MaLissa Schutt, Executive Director of Clinton Transit. “Our new fare structure focuses on simplicity and consistency, which should make it easier for passengers to plan.”

The new fare structure is as follows:

  • City Fare for DeWitt and St. Johns: $2.00 one-way, for pick-up or drop-off within the same City zone
    Discounted City Fare: $1.00 one-way
  • Non-City Fare for Clinton County: $3.00 one-way, for pick-up or drop-off outside or between City zones
    Discounted Non-City Fare: $1.50 one-way
  • Out-of-County Fare for Ingham and Eaton Counties: $4 one-way, for pick-up or drop-off outside Clinton County
    Discounted Out-of-County Fare: $2.00 one-way

Discounted fares are for persons with disabilities, veterans, seniors (age 60+) and youth (under 18).

Eligible aides to passengers with disabilities ride free, as do children under age four when accompanied by an adult. Full details, including information about specific City zones, are available at mybluebus.com.

Clinton Transit remained fully operational and fare-free throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Bus also added delivery services that supplied residents with essential items like medication and groceries, and was a regional leader in the “Ride to Your Dose of Hope” initiative, which provided free transportation to
COVID-19 vaccination appointments throughout Clinton, Ingham and Eaton counties.

“Our mission is to keep people connected,” says Schutt. “Everything we do, from the recent addition of Saturday service hours to the simplified fare structure, is to maximize opportunities for our riders to stay connected to the important people and places in their lives.”

Clinton Transit is a public transit system that keeps people connected throughout Clinton County. Fondly known as the Blue Bus, Clinton Transit’s demand response system responds to ride requests and provides safe, reliable transportation for all county residents.

Clinton Transit is Now Offering Saturday Bus Service

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In response to the increased need for access to COVID-19 vaccination appointments, Clinton Transit, a rural public transportation system serving Clinton County, is expanding service to Saturdays.

Starting April 17, the Blue Bus will now be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday for Clinton County passengers. This is in addition to their already established service hours of Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. As these additional service hours are rolled out, community members will need to schedule Saturday rides by 6 p.m. the Friday before. All rides continue to be fare-free.

“Public transit works best when it meets the need of the community and are responsive to that need,” says MaLissa Schutt, Executive Director of Clinton Transit. “We recognize that more and more people need help in getting to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. We hope by expanding our service to Saturdays it gives riders the access they need.”

Transportation requests to vaccination appointments are not limited to service days and times or within Clinton County. Riders simply need to disclose at the time they are scheduling their ride that the ride is for their vaccination appointment. No further proof of appointment is necessary.

In addition to vaccination appointments, riders will now be able to use public transportation on Saturdays for all essential needs, to patronize local businesses, and more. Office hours will remain Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We know how important public transit is to keep people connected in all different areas of their life,” says Schutt. “Our riders rely on us to take them other places like visiting a family member, their job, and to pick-up groceries or a prescription. People want to be out in their community. Life doesn’t stop happening on Fridays.”

Clinton Transit is a public transit system that keeps people connected throughout Clinton County. Fondly known as the Blue Bus, Clinton Transit’s demand response system responds to ride requests and provides safe, reliable transportation for all county residents.