Gogebic County Transit Authority

GCTA LogoThis Authority, also known as the “Little Blue Bus,” serves the main population areas of Gogebic County Monday through Friday with hours of operation from 6 am to 6 pm. Services are available to all population groups, though most passengers are senior citizens and persons with disabilities.Regularly scheduled flex routes are provided between 1) Ironwood and Wakefield and 2) Ironwood and Watersmeet. The routes generally follow the U.S. 2 corridor and will depart up to 2 miles from that corridor and from the internal local routes that service bus stops. Flex route services areas are shown in the maps at right.

The Ironwood-to-Wakefield route, which is most heavily utilized, generally stops at Aspirus Grand View Hospital and certain medical offices on every run, with other common stops being Ramsay, the County Courthouse, and Gogebic Community College. However, passengers should call ahead around the time of the schedule run they intend to take to ensure the bus will stop at their location.

Gogebic County Transit Authority Bus

Demand-response service is provided on a first come, first served basis. To ensure service will be available when needed, 24 hour advance notice is requested. Demand-response services are typically provided only in the Ironwood, Bessemer, and Wakefield city limits and in Watersmeet. However, in the event service is needed outside of the demand-response and flex route areas, it may be arranged by speaking to a dispatcher. See the schedule tables at right and information table below for more details. You may also call a dispatcher at (906) 932-2523 for more information.

Gogebic County Transit Authority Office

Provider Type Public Transit Agency
Headquarters 235 E McLeod Ave, Ironwood, MI 49934
Phone (906) 932-2523
 E-Mail bluebus1@sbcglobal.net
Service Area Gogebic County
Ownership/Funding Authority Transit Authority
Service Type Demand-Response & Flex Route
Fares: General Public Flex Routes:

$2 for 0-3 miles
$2.50 for 4-24 miles
$3 for 25-miles or more

Demand-Response (24 hour notice requested):

$2.50 (all distances)

Fares: Reduced (50%)

Senior Citizens 62+
Handicapped
All Students
Children under 12

Flex Routes:

$1 for 0-3 miles
$1.25 for 4-24 miles
$1.50 for 25-miles or more

Demand-Response (24 hour notice requested):

$1.25 (all distances)

Days/Hours of Operation
Also see schedule
Ironwood – Wakefield Flex Route:

6 am – 6 pm Monday-Friday

Ironwood – Watersmeet Flex Route:

8:15 am – 3:30 pm Thursday (2 round trips)
9:30 am – 3:30 pm Friday (1 round trip)

Demand-Response in the Three Cities:

6 am – 6 pm Monday-Friday

Demand-Response in Watersmeet:

10:45 am – 2:15 pm Friday

Shelters Glass-walled and lighted

  • Ironwood @ Headquarters
  • Bessemer @ Sophie & Mary Streets
  • Marenisco @ U.S. 2 & M-64
  • Watersmeet @ US-2 & U.S. 45

Wakefield Holiday Stationstore on U.S. 2

Accessibility Wheelchair ramps on buses
Special Amenities Bicycle racks on 2 buses (24-hour notice requested)

SERVICE TYPES

Demand-Response: Point-to-point pickup and dropoff service is provided in response to a phone call, with or without notice (typically 24 hours).

Flex Route: Service operates generally with a regular route and schedule but will depart some distance from the route as needed to pick up and drop off passengers.

Ironwood to Wakefield Flex Route

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Ironwood to Watersmeet Flex Route

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