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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7, 2016

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.

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Service Reductions

11/29/16 Funding Update:

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.

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State Government Contacts

Please let our elected state officials know how you, your friends, and your family depend upon public transportation.


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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.

Bloomington Pantagraph Connect Transit averts shutdown, could stop April 1

Daily Journal Two jobs and relying on a bus system that may shut down

WGEM Quincy City Council approves funding to keep buses running

The Daily Journal No bus service on Thanksgiving

WGEM Quincy Funding puts future of Quincy Transit Lines in jeopardy

Ottawa Times Editorial

Ottawa Times Public transportation services being reduced

WGN TV IL budget disputes forcing transit agencies to shut down or cut service

Connect Transit GM remains optimistic despite uncertainty

Late state payments causing BPART to make changes

Daily Journal Editorial Cuts made without conscience?

State Journal Register Bus riders hope SMTD keeps evening service

Bloomington Pantagraph State must fund Connect Transit

Pantagraph Letter to the Editor Don’t lose our public transit

State Journal Register West-central Illinois transit district resumes limited service

Bloomington Pantagraph Connect Transit issues notice of service suspension, layoffs

State Journal Register Sangamon County regional transportation service delayed

The Breese Journal State financial crisis puts public transportation system at risk

McDonough County Voice Transit authority, city discuss possible funding solutions

State Journal-Register Public hearings scheduled Friday on possible SMTD service cuts

Daily Journal Letter to the Editor State’s boondoggle spending must end

WMBD Concerned Riders Plead Case to Fund Blo-No Transit

McDonough County Voice State addresses transit fund issue

McDonough County Voice Rep. Hammond pushes for release of transit funds

Bloomington Pantagraph Connect Transit stumps for funding amid dissent

WICS-TV WCMTD Only Providing Medical Trips For Elderly

Daily Journal Metro trims bus routes to prolong service

Bloomington Pantagraph Lawmaker to attend Connect Transit funding meeting

Daily Journal letter from Economic Alliance

Daily Journal letter from a rider

WJBD Radio South Central Transit Makes Cuts As Result of State Funding

NPR Illinois Budget Standoff Threatens Downstate Mass Transit

WICS TV SMTD Plans For Potential Service Reduction Due To Late State Payments

State Journal-Register SMTD considering cuts to bus services

X95 Radio Centralia Budget impasse causing trouble for downstate transit systems

Rochelle News-Leader Funding delays put local transit program in jeopardy

Vidette Online Connect Transit faces funding deficit

WSOY Radio Downstate transit systems still waiting for state funds

McDonough County Voice Transit authority working on contingency plans

WSIL Carbondale 10/21/16

Peoria Journal Star State funding problems worry CityLink, other transit agencies

Daily Journal 10/22/16 Looming bus shutdown will have far-reaching impact on commuters, employers

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 RiverValleyMetro.com 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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