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River Valley Metro Mass Transit District has now provided more than 10 million rides for the people of Kankakee County. Serving the area since 1999, River Valley Metro surpassed the 10 million ride mark in mid-June.
When launched 18 years ago, estimates were that the public transportation system would peak at around 500,000 rides per year. That level was achieved in 2008, and continued to grow to nearly a million rides in 2014.
“We are very appreciative of the support we receive from people in the community”, said Rob Hoffmann, River Valley Metro’s managing director. “Even people who might never use our services understand the value that it brings to the area.”
And, River Valley Metro has announced plans to streamline its service, making it more efficient for most riders. Proposed route and schedule changes, based upon rider surveys and studies, are tentatively scheduled to begin on July 1st. These changes are designed to improve the service for most riders. Proposed new routes and schedules are available at RiverValleyMetro.com and at the Bourbonnais Metro Centre.
Summer heat has arrived. Remember, whenever the heat index is 100 degrees or higher, rides on all local River Valley Metro buses are FREE for the remainder of that day. Anyone who needs a place to stay cool is encouraged to ride any of these buses for as long as they like.
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 9:30 pm Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 9:30 pm on Saturdays, and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sundays and major holidays. Most stops are served once each hour, but many are served every half hour. All buses are wheelchair accessible. Fare is $1.00 per trip.
Park-N-Ride commuter services to Midway Airport* and to the Metra train station at University Park originate at the Bourbonnais Metro Centre and make one stop at the Manteno Metro Centre. Fare is $2.00 each way, and free parking is available at both locations. (*Midway service currently originates from the Manteno Metro Centre, but will be extended to the Bourbonnais Metro Centre effective July 1, 2017.)
The morning schedule for the University Park commuter is coordinated with trains departing from University Park, and the afternoon/evening schedule is coordinated with trains arriving at University Park.
The Midway Airport commuter connects to the public transportation terminal at Midway Airport. From this point, travelers have a short walk in a covered walkway to the main terminal. In addition, many commuters who are not flying use this service to connect to Chicago’s public transportation systems, providing an inexpensive way to commute into the city.
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.