Beloit Transit is expanding into the Gateway Business Park and offering on-demand service for Saturdays under the new bus routes that go into effect on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.
Fares will be $0 from Oct. 26 to Nov. 3, 2020, as Beloit Transit introduces the new routes. The new routes will have no fare increase; regular fares will be in effect starting Nov. 4, 2020. The Beloit-Janesville Express is excluded from this offering.
The new bus routes are designed to connect the workforce with many of the employment opportunities available in Beloit. The route to the Gateway Business Park will be offered four times a day with runs starting at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. There will be stops near the Amazon Distribution Center, Pratt Industries, Kerry Ingredients, Staples Distribution Center, Gateway Estates Apartments, Hawks Ridge Apartments and the Van Galder bus terminal.
Beloit Transit’s 2020 route changes are planned to provide improved frequency and better service connectivity in most areas currently served by BTS fixed routes. The changes were made with input from riders, community stakeholders and more over the past year.
Service will be expanded to new parts of the region, including:
- Parts of Beloit’s north side, along Shopiere Road;
- The Town of Beloit Business Park along Huebbe Parkway west of Prairie Avenue;
- The Gateway area and emerging employment and residential centers east of I-39/I-90;
- Beloit’s southeast side along the Broad Street corridor and Stateline Road;
- The Gardner Street corridor in South Beloit including the Van Galder bus stop.
Service frequency and connectivity will be improved for nearly all of Beloit’s transit service areas and the city’s central neighborhoods, which have higher concentrations of low-income and minority populations.
Service times will begin as early as 5:30 a.m. on our Eastside Loop and Westside Loop while other routes begin at 6 a.m. All service will end at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Saturday service will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be offered on demand. This change came forward after Beloit Transit offered on-demand service during the initial public health emergency. The success of that program and rider feedback led to this service enhancement. Call (608) 364-2870 before Friday at 3 p.m. to schedule an on-demand ride.