In line with BIS-MAN Transit’s mission of providing high -quality, reliable, convenient and safe public transit services in an efficient manner, the following reports will be prepared as part of the TDP:

  • Existing Conditions: The report will examine community demographics, growth trends, future growth, key destinations in the Bismarck Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), and existing transit services. Additionally, the report provides a summary of Bis-Man Transit’s goals, objectives, and performance measures and SWOT analysis.
  • Community Engagement Plan: The plan is likely to incorporate several measures for identifying unmet transit needs and gaps including focus groups, TDP website, public information meetings, social media outreach, pop-up meetings, etc.
  • Alternate Service Plan Assessment/Recommendations: Potential service to new areas, new operating plan and new modes/services will be a part of this report.
  • Implementation Plan: The plan will include the performance monitoring program, routes and service plans and documentation about fleet and facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Bis-Man Transit and CAT?

Bis-Man Transit is the organization providing both fixed route and paratransit service. Paratransit service is a curb-to-curb service within Bismarck, Mandan, and Lincoln that supports people with disabilities that cannot use fixed route service. CAT, or Capitol Area Transit, is the branded name for fixed route service in Bismarck and Mandan. Paratransit does not have a branded name.

What is the Transit Development Plan?

The Transit Development Plan (TDP) is a strategic plan that is used to guide transit planning for the next six years. The TDP will help identify transit service needs, prioritize improvements and determine the resources required for implementing modified or new services.

Why is the Transit Development Plan being done?

While there are numerous reasons to prepare the plan, there are two primary:

  1. It has been about five years since a comprehensive review of the entire system was completed and many changes have occurred in the region. Thus, it is logical to assess how transit reflects the needs of today and the 2019 understanding of where we will be in five to 10 years.
  2. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) helps fund transit service in the region. To be eligible for FTA funds, an update of the Transit Development Plan is required at least every five years.

How will the TDP recommendations be funded?

Decisions regarding what services can be supported financially will be made annually, as part of the development of each year’s Bis-Man Transit budget. Funding for transit service is shared between fares collected from riders, federal grants, state dollars, local property taxes, and support from local partners.

Can paratransit service be offered without fixed route service?

It is possible to provide paratransit service without fixed route service, however, federal and state funding are connected to providing transit service for all. Paratransit is the term used to describe curb-to-curb service provided to persons with disabilities who cannot use fixed route service. Thus, if the community desired to operate a paratransit-type service open to everyone, which is called demand response service, it could, and it would be eligible for federal and state funds. This type of service, however, does not have the capacity to transport as many people per hour per vehicle as fixed route service. Thus, more buses and employees would be required, which would substantially increase the cost of service. The community would not be eligible for more federal or state funding, which would require any increment from current levels to come from local sources.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If your questions are about the transit plan, please contact:

Bill Troe, SRF Consulting Group

If your questions are about transit service, please contact Bis-Man Transit at:


Community Survey

If you would like to provide input, please take the community survey.