Hey JB thanks for the info on the ChicaGO bus. I lived in Chicago most of my life and have never seen that bus. Well I'm usually never in or near Valpo so I figure that's why. I did some digging and found it even has a website: ChicaGO Dash Express BUS
seems so rediculious only 2 buses a day in/out bound. Im pretty sure if they only get around 40 passengers a day its because of there crackpot timetable! I wonder what street route it takes? I wonder if they take the Skyway or the Ryan? I'm wondering why not just run the express bus to the Gary metro center center with frequencies every hour in the AM (5-8)and PM (4-7) rush and one bus at 12 noon? ( I wonder a lot). Seem more economical from a business standpoint. No need for regular service as Valpos V-Line runs a city bus to Dune park but its only in the PM hrs that bus runs.
It would be more efficient to keep the V-line orange bus in the city and serve the citys population with a new city route and run the Dash bus from valpo to Merrillville along Lincoln hwy and then up 65 to the Gary metro center. In exchange linking the two systems together for better efficiencies and no redundancies. Naturally working together is better than all out competition.
. keeps the Bus off the bussy highways in the Chicago city limits.
. still has an express feel as the NICTD runs express from kensington to the Loop.
. allows Valpo to pick up Merrillville possible commuter if a stop was over by Southlake Mall.
. less emission and wasted fuel as the bus only runs half way to Chicago.
. shared fare or reduced fare for customers who use both daily.
... Also gives GARY a reason to speed up the process of upgrading (rebuilding, extending, and raising) the metro centers platform.
even the article states and I quote>>>>"We have expressed concern, especially when it (express bus service) goes into downtown Chicago," Parsons said. "It's literally serving our market. It would be different if RBA buses were providing service direct to NICTD stations"
Is it just me or does it seem the City council in Valpo is Stubborn and hard headed?
edit: also what an ugly bus paint scheme....