Local & Regional Resources
Berrien County Transit Plan
The Berrien County Transit Study was conducted in 2009, with the purpose of understanding the current role of transit in Berrien County. It addressed the questions:
Berrien County Mobility Coalition
- How well are transit needs being fulfilled in Berrien County?
- Can transit enhance economic growth?
- How will the need for transit change in the future?
- Do all of the public transit sisytems in Berrien County work together to meet transportation needs?
- Do all public transit services operate in the same manner?
- How does Berrien County rank with other Michigan counties in terms of its investment in transit services?
- Who uses transit in Berrien County?
- How well do public transit services in Berrien County perform based on statewide performance indicators?
In 2009, the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission conducted two studies of public transit in Berrien County. The outcome of these studies was the formation of the Transit - Human Services Coordination Work Group. This is a coalition of over 20 agencies, including social service agencies, government departments, and transit agencies. Their mission is to work toward providing coordinated transportation to meet the needs of Berrien County residents. Click here for meeting dates.
Van Buren Transit Plan
The Van Buren Public Transit (VBPT) Study provides an extensive invetigation of the rural transit system and operations from its governance to its financial records and performance measures. The study also delves into how VBPT fits into the overall transportation system in the county and region. Van Buren Toolkit
State & Federal Resources
Handbook of Michigan Public Transportation
An overview of public transportation in Michigan including how public transportation is funded, terms and ADA regulations.
Topic Guide Series on ADA Transportation
These technical assistance documents bring together the ADA requirements the U.S. Department of Transportation's ADA regulation, FTA technical assistance and operational practices that comply with the ADA.
United We Ride
United We Ride (UWR) is a federal interagency initiative aimed at improving the availability, quality, and efficient delivery of transportation services for older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals with lower incomes. programs that have been created in conjunction with health and human services programs and by the significant federal investment in accessible public transportation systems throughout the Nation.
Project Easter Seals
Funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Easter Seals Project ACTION promotes cooperation between the transportation industry and the disability community to increase mobility for people with disabilities under the ADA and beyond. Offering numerous resources, as well as training and technical assistance, in an effort to make the ADA work for everyone, everyday.
2010 Public Transportation Fact Book
The American Public Transportation Association is a nonprofit international association of more than 1,400 public and private member organizations including public transportation systems and commuter rail operators; planning, design, construction and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations; and state departments of transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical public transportation services and products.