Transportation

Taking you places you want to go. 

Friendship Center buses help meet the mobility needs of Emmet County senior citizens (age 60+) and those with disabilities for a variety of purposes including doctor appointments, employment, grocery shopping, volunteering, socialization, and assorted personal care requirements. The buses are lift-equipped to handle wheelchairs and persons with other mobility needs. 

Service Hours:
Bus rides are available Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please make morning appointments no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and afternoon appointments early enough to be finished and ready for your ride home by 3:30 p.m. Phone calls for transportation are answered between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Because ALL routes are determined by rider usage, please call a minimum of 2 business days in advance for a ride or to make special arrangements for appointments.

The more advance notice, the better! You may call for a ride anytime, but understand that our schedule fills up quickly and we are rarely able to accommodate same-day requests. 

Routes:

North Route
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; the bus leaves Pellston at 8:00 a.m. and covers areas from Mackinaw City to Petoskey along US 31; the bus returns in the afternoon around 3:30 p.m. Rides must be planned 2 business days in advance; call for details.  

Harbor Springs Route
On Wednesdays, the bus leaves Pellston at 8:00 a.m. to provide service to those on the west side of the county – Cross Village, Bliss, and south through Harbor Springs. Rides must be planned 2 business days in advance; call for details.

Fares:

$2.00 one way in town
$2.50 one way out of town

Transportation Guidelines:

  • When grocery shopping, please limit the number of grocery bags to 8 or less per trip.
  • Bus service for shopping may NOT be available during the lunch hour (noon-1:00 pm).
  • Please be ready for pick-up 10 minutes in advance of your scheduled time.
  • If you are waiting for pick-up and it’s 10 minutes past your scheduled time, please call.
  • Seatbelt usage is required unless you have a note from your physician.
  • No smoking, eating, drinking, or littering on our buses, please!

CALL US FOR A RIDE!
Direct number for transportation: (231) 348-3425

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 grounds 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)

FCEC 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. 1B. If you feel you are being denied participation in or being denied benefits of the transit services provided by FCEC, or otherwise being discriminated against because of your race, color, or national origin, you may contact our office at: (231) 347-3211.

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    Note from the Director

    August 9, 2022

    Dear Friends:

    I hope this correspondence finds you healthy and happy! I just want to remind our clients that the world that we currently live in remains a bit unstable due to the effects of COVID-19 and Friendship Centers is no exception. We remain dedicated to providing the same quality of service that we always have. Please understand that there will undoubtedly continue to be times when we provide a substitute or must cancel service altogether. We are doing our best to balance it all; the best interest of seniors, supply chain issues, staffing challenges, and illness due to COVID. While COVID is surging in our area, the vaccine seems to be helping keep the severity of the illness minimized. We appreciate your understanding and expect that you will respond with the kindness and compassion that you always have shown to staff.

    Kind regards, Denneen Smith Executive Director

    For More Transportation Service Information

    Please Contact: Friendship Centers of Emmet County, (231) 347-3211
    Lisa Hoig, Transportation and Meals on Wheels Director,
    [email protected]

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      Friendship Centers of Emmet County has two locations in Emmet County – Petoskey and Brutus – where various events are held daily.

      Friendship Centers of Emmet County-Petoskey Center

      • Hours:
      • Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
      • 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey, MI 49770
      • (231) 347-3211
      • Fax: (231) 347-3795
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      Friendship Centers of Emmet County-Huber Senior Center/Brutus

      • Hours:
      • Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • 6436 E. Brutus Road, Brutus, MI
      • (231) 529-8803 (Send mail to Petoskey office.)