When the Portage site was created it was far out in the country.
This was at a time when many employees did not have automobiles
and were used to walking or riding a bicycle into work at the
Downtown Kalamazoo complex. The company realized that a bus
service was needed and purchased buses, only a couple at first
but at its peak the service used 15 company buses. They were
driven by employees who kept the buses overnight at their homes
and then picked up other employees as they drove their buses to
Portage. The buses were maintained in the company garage at the
Portage site. As employees bought cars the number of buses
diminished. By 1980 Kalamazoo Metro Transit was being hired to
provide a single bus route from Kalamazoo to the Portage site
and that was eventually discontinued.