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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 but is not guaranteed.

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.  They are easily identified by the BPART name and logo that is displayed on each vehicle!

BPART can coordinate transportation services to get riders to their destinations by linking with neighboring providers in LaSalle, Lee/Ogle, Whiteside, Henry, and Marshall/Stark Counties.

Public transportation is possible through a grant between the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Bureau County.  The County has an agreement with Gateway Services, Inc. to serve as administrator of BPART.  All bus advertising, donations, and local services contracts help to establish "local match" that is required for the grant.  If you are interested in learning more about a service contract or donating to BPART, please contact Amber Biddix, Director of Transportation, at (877) 874-8813 Ext. 100.  We appreciate your support!


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

(815) 875-4548

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