Connect Transit Plan
The Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo), through a Federal Transit Authority (FTA) grant, conducted the CONNECT Transit Plan from late 2021 through early 2023.
CONNECT has studied the Interurban Trolley and Transpo fixed routes transit systems that service South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart and Goshen in St. Joseph and Elkhart counties.
The plan has looked at alternative ways to balance important but competing priorities like improving the frequency and span of service versus adding new service areas and new routes. As a result, the Final CONNECT Transit Plan Recommendations provide a 10-year plan to improve transit services across the region. In March and April 2023 the Transpo and MACOG Boards endorsed the Final Recommendations.
Identify efficiencies in the system
Reassess community priorities
Design a bus network to match those priorities
Develop longer-term plans for transit improvement and possible expansion
The last study completed was in 2010 so many of the region's needs and goals have changed. In order to make sure that future bus network design is right for everyone today and tomorrow, MACOG and Transpo invite leaders, riders and residents to get involved in the future of transit.