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State has not been funding downstate mass transit

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.

WREX Rockford Mass Transit District hurting for state dollars

KHQA Quincy Owed money continues to threaten Illinois public transit systems

Alton Daily News 10/20/16 Illinois Public Transit In Financial Trouble

Daily Journal 10/20/16 If River Valley shuts down, who suffers the most?

WCIA Champaign 10/20/16

WAND Decatur 10/20/16

WMBD Peoria 10/20/16

Daily Journal Potential bus shutdown no bluff, and people aren’t pawns

Champaign News-Gazette 10/18/16

NBC5 Chicago

Bloomington Pantagraph 10/18/16

Daily Journal 10/18/16 Downstate bus services closes while River Valley’s future remains uncertain

Daily Journal Opinion   We can’t afford to see bus system go bust

WGEM Quincy 10/14/16 Local transit service halting amid financial issues

Springfield Journal-Register Western Illinois transit district to cease operations because of state’s budget problems

Daily Journal 10/14/16  Efforts to save River Valley may be too little, too late

Dixon 10/13/16 State funding backlog hits public transportation systems

Daily Journal 10/12/16  River Valley says it may shut down if the state doesn’t dole out tax

Bloomington-Normal 10/12/16  Lack of state funding could shut down public transportation

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Welcome to River Valley Metro

River Valley Metro Mass Transit District is a public service agency that offers three types of bus services for the residents of Kankakee County.

  1. Traditional, or “fixed route”, bus service in the urbanized area of Kankakee County. This includes Aroma Park, Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais and Manteno.
  2. Commuter shuttle service to Midway Airport and to the Metra train station at University Park.
  3. 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 or by calling 815-937-4287.

Commuter Routes
Manteno Metro Centre

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.


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