Every year on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, America honors those brave individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our homeland. It is also an opportunity to recognize those veterans who with strength and resolve defended our Nation and advanced the cause of freedom during World War II.
On this day all federal buildings are required to fly the USA flag at half-staff. Other entities and citizens are also encouraged to take part in honoring those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor, by displaying their USA flags at half-staff on this day. Flags are to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.
Last night, the Comptroller’s office released the FY 2017 first and second quarter payments for River Valley Metro. The amount of funds transferred after these payments will cover only half of the other downstate systems for one quarter. While this is good news for River Valley Metro and our customers, the status of future payments and fund transfers are still in question. Metro Staff is working with our Legislators to gain a good understanding of this situation and when it would be advisable to resume full services. We will release additional updates as information becomes available.
Due to state funding issues, beginning November 1, 2016:
No bus service is available on Sundays or major holidays. Major holidays affected are Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor day.
Route 11 and Route 12 are not in service. Please use Route 10 instead of Route 11, and use Route 1 or Route 6 instead of Route 12.
We hope to resume these services once the state funding issue is resolved.
Mass transit systems throughout downstate Illinois are at risk of shutting down due to state funding issues. This funding is separate from the general revenue fund budget, and is required by law. Please check back here and on our Facebook page for related stories from around the state and for updates.
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. 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.
Free parking is available adjacent to River Valley Metro Mass Transit District’s Metro Centres in Bourbonnais and in downtown Manteno.
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.