Metro Systems Fact Sheet
Metro’s Public Transportation History
Serving Kalamazoo County 50 Years, Metro has been grown from 1900 to today. We’ve gone from phases of technology, including biodiesel and hybrid vehicles to adding wheelchair accessible buses to our fleet. All of our fixed-route buses have the ability to carry two bicycles and our Metro Connect vehicles service the entire county and reach into surrounding counties. For a more comprehensive history, view the Metro History 1900 to 2014 here.
In January 2018, Metro Transit renamed the system to Metro. This included an update of the name, logo, and color scheme of the fixed route system. Metro County Connect became Metro Connect and Community Service Vans became Metro Share. We look forward to the future of public transportation in Kalamazoo County.
Fixed-route Metro buses and the Metro Connect service travel throughout the Kalamazoo urbanized area consisting of the following jurisdictions and institutions: City of Kalamazoo, City of Portage, City of Parchment, Comstock Township, Oshtemo Township, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo Township, and Texas Township.
The Metro Connect service is a federally mandated, curb-to-curb, ADA/paratransit service. The service travels throughout Kalamazoo County and is open to all citizens in the county with priority for people with disabilities and seniors. It is available for those who are unable, because of physical or cognitive disability, to use regular fixed-route bus service some or all of the time.
Metro Share vans are available for use by government and non-profit agencies serving seniors and individuals with disabilities. The agency must provide a certified driver to transport their clients to appointments and activities.
Metro Transit has 20 regularly scheduled bus routes operating on 15-, 30- and 60-minute frequencies depending on the route and the time of day. There are currently 36 buses in the fixed-route bus fleet — 11 are hybrid electric buses.
Metro Connect provides transportation services county-wide to anyone. An Access program is available on this service which is a door-to-door, federally mandated ADA paratransit service for those individuals who are unable to use regular accessible fixed-route bus service due to a physical or cognitive disability – 45 coaches are used for this service.
Metro Share Vans are available for use by agencies with a certified driver. Eleven vans are used in this program.
All vehicles are 100% accessible.