Generally, when people think about public transportation, they picture large buses, light rail, trains, or taxis, all which are true in an urban setting. In rural areas, public transportation is a little diffferent.
Bureau-Putnam Area Rural Transit, or BPART, is a demand response, curb-to-curb transportation service for Bureau and Putnam Counties. In order to meet the needs of our riders, we ask that rides are scheduled at least 24 hours in advance and by noon the business day before a trip. Same day service may be available in some cases.
The BPART fleet ranges in size from minivans to 14-passenger buses. All vehicles are accessible and have required safety restraints. They are clean, comfortable and well-maintained. Each of the vehicles meet or exceed the State of Illinois’ requirements for safety, inspection, and insurance.
BPART consists of four local providers, all detailed below.
About Our Providers
Gateway Services, Inc. acts as the lead operator and administrator of the BPART system. Gateway Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides services to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. We aim to provide supports tailored to individuals' choices in order for them to live the lives they dream of. Our mission statement is "Empowering People ~ Enriching Community."
406 S. Gosse Blvd., PO Box 535
Princeton, IL 61356
St. Margaret’s Health Care has been a premier provider of health care in the Illinois Valley since 1903. Their sponsors, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, the board of directors, administration, medical staff, and everyone at St. Margaret’s are unified in their focus to provide high quality, compassionate care in an environment of healing hospitality. Their mission statement reads: St. Margaret’s Health Care, in union with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, is committed to the values of Catholic health care in caring for the needs of our patients and their families, the community and one another. Through our belief in God and our respect for life, we provide holistic quality health care with dignity and compassion.
600 E. First St.
Spring Valley, IL 61362
The Bureau County Senior Center is a Community Focal Point serving all seniors of the county since 1981. They are a designated focal point by the Western Area Agency on Aging, providing certain core services to senior citizens age 60 or older. Services include information and assistance, outreach, fitness program, transportation, free loan of assistive devices, and activities at the center. The goal of the Senior Center is to make life just a little better for as many seniors as they possibly can.
16 W. Marion St.
Princeton, IL 61356
The Putnam County Community Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides a variety of services to the aging and disabled. As a community center, they also strive to provide programs and activities for all ages in their community. Located in Standard, the PCCC has been serving residents of Putnam and surrounding counties since 1975. Their mission statement reads: "To welcome individuals of all ages to participate in programs and services that support a positive lifestyle in our community."
128 First St., PO Box 208
Standard, IL 61363