River Valley Metro Mass Transit District is a public service agency that offers three types of bus services for the residents of Kankakee County.
- Traditional, or “fixed route”, bus service in the urbanized area of Kankakee County. This includes Aroma Park, Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais and Manteno.
- Commuter shuttle service to Midway Airport and to the Metra train station at University Park.
- Service for individuals with disabilities who are unable to independently use fixed route service. This is referred to as Metro Plus service.
Fixed route buses serve more than 350 bus stops from 5:00 am to 10:30 pm Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 10:30 pm on Saturdays, and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays and major holidays (Sunday and holiday service is currently suspended due to state funding issues. We hope to resume this service once the funding is permanently restored). Most stops are served once each hour, but a few are served every half hour. All buses are wheelchair accessible. Fare is $1.00 per trip.
The University Park Metra train station commuter shuttle departs from the Metro Centre in Bourbonnais and makes one stop in Manteno. The morning schedule is coordinated with trains departing from University Park, and the afternoon/evening schedule is coordinated with trains arriving at University Park. Fare is $2.00 each way.
The Midway Airport shuttle departs from the Manteno Metro Centre in downtown Manteno and runs non-stop to the public transportation terminal at Midway Airport. Free parking is available adjacent to the Manteno Metro Centre. Fare is $2.00 each way.
Metro Plus service requires pre-qualification and operates by appointment. Metro Plus buses will pick you up at your home and take you to your destination. This is a shared ride service, meaning that multiple individuals’ trips are grouped together in an effort to meet all trip requests and improve efficiency. Ride time on Metro Plus is comparable to travel time on the fixed route system, including transfers and wait times. Fare is $2.00 each way.
Additional details about each of these services are available at RiverValleyMetro.com or by calling 815-937-4287.
With River Valley Metro’s free parking, and tickets costing only $2 each way, commuters can save money, relax, and avoid the stress of traffic and long term parking. This travel option offers a great alternative for anyone traveling to the Chicago area from downstate Illinois or Indiana.