JeffTran is a public transit agency in Jefferson City, Missouri.  It operates six regular fixed bus routes with two transport hubs and on-call curb-to-curb paratransit service during typical weekday business hours.  JeffTran also provides three-afternoon specialty tripper routes for all passengers during the school year but is intended to take high school students on a direct route from a school to a transport hub.

JeffTran has 22 drivers for the 38 miles of routes inside city limits.  JeffTran logged 313,750 riders in 2015, of which 55,000 were on the specially equipped HandiWheels people movers.  JeffTran has 10 HandiWheels units and 12 full-size buses.  As expected, 2016 showed passenger rides down from the year before when it provided service to 299,408 riders, down from 313,750 riders in 2015.

Features of JeffTran in Jefferson City,  Missouri

Live bus tracking through Fleetmatics is available for passengers’ convenience but requires entering login information provided on the JeffTran website before it can be accessed.

Hubs of JeffTran

JeffTran has two transport hubs, known as transfer stations.  The main transport hub is at JeffTran’s operational headquarters and serves all routes except Capital Mall.  A secondary transport hub is the bus shelter area at the north end of Stonecreek Drive, near the parking lot of the Stadium Boulevard Walmart.  This second transport hub only serves the Capital Mall and Missouri Blvd routes.

This partially decentralized setup means, for example, that a person located west of Walmart who wants to ride Business 50 East, High Street West, High Street East, or Southwest must get on the Capital Mall bus, transfer to the Missouri Blvd. bus at the secondary transport hub, and then transfer again at the main transport hub to one of the other listed buses.  It also means that passengers who want to transfer to the Capital Mall bus will have to get on the Missouri Blvd bus at the main transport hub and then transfer to the Capital Mall bus at the secondary transport hub.

JeffTran will be recording the number of passengers in the coming weeks as a consulting firm craft a ridership analysis under a system-wide assessment study approved Tuesday night by the City Council.  Lochmueller and its sub-contractors will place 14-16 staffers on each bus route from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. for two days, collecting passenger counts for each bus route.

Lochmueller will be paid 80 percent of its work through a Missouri Department of Transportation Surface Transportation Program grant.  The city’s share of the project will be $11,250, according to Janice McMillan, retiring director of the Department of Planning and Protective Services.  The project was earlier approved through the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Based on the headcounts, Lochmueller will generate ridership and revenue forecasts, which JeffTran will use in plans regarding Jefferson City’s public transportation needs, according to Mark Mehmert, director of the city’s transit operations.

Last October, JeffTran offered “Ride Free Day,” and several Jefferson City residents took advantage of free fixed-route buses.  Jefferson City Transit Division Director Mark Mehmert said the free ride day not only thanked current riders but also promoted the bus system.