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. 


North Route
On Monday, the bus leaves Petoskey and heads North for pick-ups along the US-31 corridor including Alanson, Pellston, and Mackinaw City. The route is determined by rider usage. Call for details about times. Please call 3 business days in advance to ride the North bus or to make special arrangements for appointments.   

Harbor Springs Route
On Wednesday, the bus leaves Petoskey for pick-ups in the Northwestern areas of Emmet County including Cross Village and South to the city of Harbor Springs. The route is determined by rider usage; call for details. Please call 3 business days in advance or to make special arrangements for appointments.


$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!

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

    Greetings Friends:

    Welcome! We are pleased to have provided services to seniors in our community for over 55 years. This year marks our 50th anniversary of Meals on Wheels service. Look around our website to learn more about our services, programs, and special events. We strive to offer something for every senior. If you have the opportunity, we would love to meet you in person. Stop in for lunch Monday-Friday at noon or for a quick visit to learn about enrichment offerings. I look forward to meeting you.

    Kind regards,

    Denneen Smith, MSHS 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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    For any other questions you may have, do not hesitate to ask. We are always here to help.

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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 Friendship Center

      1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey, MI 49770

      (231) 347-3211

      Fax: (231) 347-3795


      Monday through Friday

      8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

      Friendship Centers of Emmet County

      Huber (Brutus) Senior Center

      6436 E. Brutus Road, Brutus, MI 49716

      (231) 529-8803

      (Send mail to Petoskey office.)


      Monday through Friday

      10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.