Benton County Transit Gets New Name, Phone, Website

Benton County’s transit program has launched its new brand. Formally known as the Special/Rural Transit Program, and often referred to by the name of the County’s contractor, Dial-a-Bus, the rebrand brings with it a new name: Benton Area Transit (affectionately known as BAT), logo and color scheme. 

In the coming weeks, community members can expect to see the new brand show up on the County’s transit vehicles and in their outreach materials. The core demand-response service to seniors and people with disabilities has been named “BAT Lift.” The general public transit services remain Coast to Valley Express and 99 Express for now. 

In addition to the Benton Area Transit rebrand, the transit program has a new service phone number at 541-766-6700 where individuals can call with questions about our services, provide feedback, and/or request a ride. 

The new transit website, RideTheBAT.com, hosts information about the services the program provides to the community. Real-time passenger information is currently available on the website, showing where the BAT buses are and when they will arrive at stops. In addition, general public transit services can now be found on the Transit App, and soon individuals will be able to purchase passes and fares through the app. 

Along with the rebranding efforts, Benton Area Transit is undergoing the following operational changes: 

May 3, 2021 Benton Area Transit changed the way it provides service to the North Albany area. The new service is called the North Albany Service and it is similar to a bus route, with defined stops at popular locations in Corvallis and North Albany. Individuals certified through BAT’s eligibility process have the opportunity to request door-to-door rides when the bus is in their area. This service operates four runs each day between Corvallis, Adair Village, and North Albany, Monday through Friday. Please visit the BAT website for more information. 

July 1, 2021 – The Coast to Valley Express, a partnership service between Benton Area Transit and Lincoln County Transit that travels between Albany, Corvallis, and Newport seven days-a-week, will be changing its schedule in preparation of an expansion from four runs to six runs per day. A new schedule will be available soon reflecting this change. The cost of a one-way ride on the Coast to Valley Express will be reduced from $10 each way to $6 each way. Children ages 5 & under who are accompanied by an adult ride for free. 

Service Questions:     541-766-6700 

Eligibility Questions:  541-766-6318 

More information:      RideTheBAT.com