Clinton Transit Providing a Lift to Local Festivals

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Clinton Transit is offering convenient transportation to local events this summer. The public transit agency provides curb-to-curb service throughout Clinton County, which means residents have safe and easy transportation to upcoming local events like the St. Johns Mint Festival and the DeWitt Ox Roast.

During the Mint Festival in St. Johns from August 12-14, residents can use the Blue Bus to arrange a ride to many of the events around town, like the arts & crafts vendors at the city park, free concerts at the William E. Tennant Performance Shell, or a visit to the Pain Gilliam Scott Museum downtown. The following weekend, visitors to the DeWitt Ox Roast can count on Clinton Transit for a lift to activities at Riverside Park, the Maple Leaf Carnival, or vendors and live entertainment in Downtown DeWitt.

Community events and festivals are a means of connection and socialization. For those who may be experiencing a lack of mobility or social isolation, a ride to these types of events is a ticket to a happier, healthier, social lifestyle. According to the National Institute on Aging, access to social opportunities for older adults helps counteract real health risks of social isolation and loneliness, like cognitive decline and depression. Clinton Transit is proud to make a positive social impact by keeping people connected.

“We’re looking forward to helping people explore our area, connect with friends, and enjoy fun entertainment during upcoming events like the Mint Festival and Ox Roast,” says MaLissa Schutt, Clinton Transit’s Executive Director. “Especially for older adults or individuals with unique mobility needs, these community connections are incredibly valuable for overall health and well-being.”

Residents looking for a ride to either local festival can easily schedule the Blue Bus by phone, on their website, or through the new mobile app. As an added benefit, Clinton Transit also offers walk-on service during select hours at popular locations including the Meijer and Four Seasons Apartments in DeWitt, Kroger and Suntree Apartments in St. Johns, and the Bath Community Center.

Established in 2001, Clinton Transit has been providing curb-to-curb service to meet the needs of all Clinton County residents. Fondly known as the Blue Bus, the on-demand transit system responds to ride requests and provides safe, reliable transportation to all county residents. This creates a more connected, accessible and vibrant Clinton County. For more information on the Blue Bus, visit mybluebus.com.

Clinton Transit Launches Convenient New Mobile App

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Clinton Transit’s new mobile app makes it even easier for Clinton County residents to schedule curb- to-curb transportation. The new app, available on the App Store or Google Play by searching for “Clinton Transit,” allows registered users to manage their ride schedules at any time using a smart phone or mobile device.

“We are excited that our riders can now enjoy the convenience that our mobile app provides,” says MaLissa Schutt, Executive Director. “Riders have the option of managing their rides using the app while Clinton Transit’s skilled dispatchers stand ready to assist riders with their scheduling needs as well.”

Riders will need to register to use the app in advance of their first ride by completing the form available at mybluebus.com/sign-up or by calling the dispatch office at 989.224.8127, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It may take up to one business day for new accounts to be reviewed and processed. Riders under the age of 18 will also need to have a parent or guardian submit an Unaccompanied Youth Rider Registration form two weeks prior to their first ride.

For a limited time, new riders can take their first round-trip ride for free upon successful registration; the free-ride credit will be applied to the passenger’s account.

“We’re continually evaluating how we can improve access to transportation within our community,” shares Schutt. “We know that mobility paves the way for a more vibrant and thriving community.”

The new technology roll out comes on the heels of recent announcements that Clinton Transit has added extended weekday hours through 9 p.m. and weekday walk-on rides between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from select locations, along with Saturday service which began in April 2021. The Blue Bus celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.

Established in 2001, Clinton Transit has been providing curb-to-curb service to meet the needs of all Clinton County residents. Fondly known as the Blue Bus, the on-demand transit system responds to ride requests and provides safe, reliable transportation to all county residents. This creates a more connected, accessible and vibrant Clinton County. For more information on the Blue Bus, visit mybluebus.com.

Clinton Transit Extends Weekday Evening Service Hours

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Clinton County residents can now receive weekday rides on the Blue Bus later in the evening, thanks to Clinton Transit’s extended hours. These additional service hours are part of the public transit agency’s continued commitment to keeping residents connected to the important people and places in their lives.

Weekday service previously stopped at 7 p.m. and is now extended to 9 p.m. The Blue Bus provides curb-to- curb rides, which can be scheduled by calling the dispatch department at 989.224.8127.

“Establishing weekend and after-hours services were among the recommendations sited in a 2018 Tri-County Regional Transit Study conducted by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission,” says MaLissa Schutt, Clinton Transit’s Executive Director. “By extending weekday service through 9 p.m., residents whose work schedules go beyond the nine-to-five can still rely on us for their transportation needs.”

New Service Hours:
Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dispatch Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Clinton Transit added Saturday service in April 2021 and recently introduced weekday walk-on rides between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from select locations. The Blue Bus celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and, under the leadership of Schutt and the dedicated Board of Directors, is committed to increasing mobility throughout the agency’s service area.

“The key to keeping people connected is to efficiently coordinate the services provided by Clinton Transit with local and regional partners,” says Schutt. “All our efforts, from simplified fares and extended service hours to tri- county collaboration efforts, are designed to meet our community’s mobility needs.”
Established in 2001, Clinton Transit has been providing curb-to-curb service to meet the needs of all Clinton County residents. Fondly known as the Blue Bus, the on-demand transit system responds to ride requests and provides safe, reliable transportation to all county residents. This creates a more connected, accessible and vibrant Clinton County. For more information on the Blue Bus, visit mybluebus.com.

Clinton Transit Offers New Walk-On Service

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ST. JOHNS, MI: Clinton Transit, the public transportation system serving Clinton County, is now offering limited walk-on rides. Clinton Transit’s Blue Buses are standing by at locations throughout St. Johns, DeWitt, Bath and East Lansing from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“We’ve found by strategically positioning our buses in high-traffic locations within our service areas, we are able to meet more people where they are and provide a new option to the community,” says MaLissa Schutt, Executive Director of Clinton Transit.

Walk-on rides are available on a first come, first served basis. Visit here for a complete list of locations.

Anyone who needs a ride can simply hop on a Blue Bus at one of 16 walk-on locations within Clinton County. Drivers will continue assisting passengers with wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Walk-on passengers can schedule a return ride when boarding, if needed. Regular rates apply to all walk-on rides.

Riders who need transportation at a specific time and place are still asked to schedule curb-to-curb service in advance by calling dispatchers at 989.224.8127. Rides can be arranged with as little as two hours’ notice. Standard operating hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Transportation outside of normal business hours or to locations outside the Tri-County region may also be available. “We provide more than just a ride. We keep riders connected to life’s essentials and help communities grow and thrive. Our heart for service and genuine care for our riders is at the core of everything we do,” said Schutt.

Established in 2001, Clinton Transit has been providing curb-to-curb service to meet the needs of all Clinton County residents. Fondly known as the Blue Bus, the on-demand transit system responds to ride requests and provides safe, reliable transportation to all county residents. This creates a more connected, accessible and vibrant Clinton County. For more information on the Blue Bus, visit mybluebus.com.

Clinton Transit Simplifies Fare Structure

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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.