Beginning June 1, designated trip days and lowered out-of-town rates have been set by Bureau-Putnam Area Rural Transit (BPART). The Monday through Friday, trips scheduled through the BPART central dispatch (located at Gateway Services Inc. in Princeton) will be at these locations at the following times:
• LaSalle-Peru/Oglesby ($6 round trip): 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
• IVCC ($5 round trip, student rate): 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
• Peoria ($10 round trip): 8 a.m. - noon and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Other out-of-area destinations BPART will cover are Ottawa, Dixon and Sterling at the same $10 round trip rate that is set for Peoria, and will be scheduled on an as needed basis depending on availability. For a trip to be eligible, it needs to start or end in Bureau or Putnam County.
If all riders have finished their appointments before the scheduled time of departure, the bus may leave earlier than scheduled, depending on ride availability. If a rider’s appointment lasts longer than expected and after the departure times, another bus will be sent out to make sure the rider will get back home.
BPART is starting these designated trip times to increase efficiency, keep rates down, and to improve customer service. BPART will also coordinate rides through ride transfers, known as Link Trips, with neighboring transportation providers with trips scheduled outside Bureau and Putnam counties. Any trip scheduled out of Bureau and Putnam County, not under our designated trip days and times will be charged $.50/mile if a Link Trip cannot be scheduled.
BPART (formerly Bureau Area Rural Transit (BART) is the local transportation provider which serves the general public along with the elderly and those with disabilities.
BPART is a demand-response, curb-to-curb service. Unlike a route service, a rider calls the main dispatch, and a BPART driver will pick up a rider at their residence, take them wherever they need to go, and take them back home.
Passengers may contact BPART to schedule a ride at least 24 hours in advance, and by noon the business day before a trip. BPART operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and limited service on Saturday.
For more information about BPART, you can go to the website, www.RideBPART.org, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @RideBPART.
BPART is a partnership with Gateway Services in Princeton, St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley, the Bureau County Senior Citizen’s Association in Princeton, and the Putnam County Achievement Services in Standard. To schedule a ride, a live dispatcher will assist you from 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach BPART at 877-874-8813. Please do not schedule over voice mail.