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Otsego County Bus System

1254 Energy Drive Gaylord, MI 49735 

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Ride Schedule

Monday— Saturday 7:00am – 4:00pm


Phone: 989-732-6224 ext #1 Timothy Cherwinski, Transportation Manager


Fares Effective: 01/01/2017

Seniors $2.00 One Way
Disabled $2.00 One Way
Students $3.00 One Way
Adults $4.00 One Way

For Rides on Saturday 7:00am – 7:00pm

New Procedures

  •  To set up rides for Saturday Bus service you must call our Dispatch office at 989-732-6224 ext #1, between the hours of 6:00am and 6:00pm on Friday the day before to set up your pick-up and return trip if necessary. If Friday is a Holiday or Closure day due to weather conditions, you can call on Thursday to set up your rides.
  • Note*–If you have set up a ride for Saturday and you determine on Saturday that you no longer need your ride, you MUST call 989 614-6109 and leave a voicemail message so the driver can cancel your ride. Please leave your name, and address that you were to be picked up at so the driver has the proper information to cancel your ride.

Purpose and Mission Statement

“To provide safe, reliable and affordable transportation to all residents of Otsego County”. The Otsego County Bus System transports all citizens of our County/Community to include Senior Citizens, people with special needs, students and regular adults. All of our busses have wheel chair lift capability and we provide curb to curb demand response service anywhere in the County.

Relationship to the County Board

Otsego County Bus System is a department of the County. The County Bus System and the Gaylord Regional Airport have recently been grouped together as the “Transportation and Airport Committee” with 3 county commissioners assigned to this committee. The Transportation and Airport Committee meets monthly on the second Thursday of each Month, 9:00am, at the Airport Terminal Conference Room.

Departmental Revenues

The Bus System receives 16% Grant funding of overall operational budget from the Federal Government and 37% from the State of Michigan for all operating costs to run the system. The Bus System receives funding from the County in the form of a quarter mill(.25) (averages $290,000.00 per year) and an average of $350,000.00 in rider and contract fares per year. Total 2014 budget is currently set at $1,765,000.00.

Additional Reading

The Otsego County Bus System works in close coordination with the Otsego County Commission on Aging (OCCOA) and assists in the Meals-On-Wheels delivery program of approximately 50,000 meals to home bound and needy residents of Otsego County annually. The Otsego County Bus System fully supports this very important County program and is grateful that we have the incredible opportunity to be a part of it. We also work hand in hand on a daily basis with over 25  local and state agencies to provide transportation for those in need. In Fiscal Year 2013 The County Bus traveled more than 483,313 miles in and around our County using 58, 522 gallons of fuel, and transported more than 106,000 passengers to their desired destinations. We maintain a fleet of 22 wheel chair equiped buses, with two full time State & ASE certified mechanics.

Title VI Information

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d). Otsego County Bus System is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its transit services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1.A.  If you feel you are being denied participation in or being denied benefits of the transit services provided by Otsego County Bus System, or otherwise being discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, you may contact our office at 989 731-1204 ext 2 or by Mail at:   OCBS/Title VI Coordinator 1254 Energy Drive Gaylord MI, 49735

Passenger Rules and Policies

OCBS Passenger Policy
OCBS Operational Policy

Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Procedures and Guidelines adopted 06-09-15 revised 8-8-17 Print and send completed FOIA request to: Administration

Bus Audit 

2017 Otsego County Bus Audit Report
2016 Otsego County Bus Audit Report

2015 Otsego County Bus Audit Report

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