MACOG 227 W. Jefferson Blvd
Phone: (574) 674-8898 County-City Building Room 1120
Fax: (574) 239-4072 South Bend, IN 46601
PROPOSED DIRECT BUS SERVICE BETWEEN DOWNTOWN ELKHART AND DOWNTOWN MISHAWAKA
Public Comment Period – May 30 through June 28, 2018
MISHAWAKA, IN – The Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) who administers the Interurban Trolley serving the Cities of Elkhart and Goshen, and the South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo) serving the cities of Mishawaka and South Bend, are excited to announce a public comment period to discuss proposed service changes to the existing Interurban Trolley Yellow Line and Transpo’s Route 9 which will improve connectivity through the region.
The proposed “Yellow Line Connector” will combine Transpo’s Route 9 east of the Mishawaka Transfer Center with the current Interurban Trolley Yellow Line route. This new route will operate between the Interurban Trolley’s Transfer Center in downtown Elkhart and Transpo’s Mishawaka Transfer Center in downtown Mishawaka.
“The new Yellow Line will bring better connections between Elkhart and Mishawaka” said James Turnwald, Executive Director of the Michiana Area Council of Governments, “Today bus service between Downtown Elkhart and Downtown South Bend runs only every 60 minutes, this will increase regional connectivity with buses now coming every 30 minutes on weekdays. The increased frequency of the yellow line will also reduce the transfer time for certain riders. Certain trips between the Transpo and Interurban Trolley systems require wait times while transferring of up to 75 minutes, the new Yellow Line connector will reduce this wait time to 20 minutes on most trips.”
The proposed Yellow Line Connector will charge the same $1.00 fare per one-way trip, as existing Transpo and Interurban Trolley routes. Buses on the Connector Route, regardless if the trip is operated by a Tranpso bus or an Interurban Trolley, will accept both Tranpso and Interurban Trolley 1-Day, 14-Day, and 31-Day Passes.
“We are proud to partner with MACOG increase transit connectivity between Elkhart and South Bend,” said Amy Hill, General Manager and CEO of Transpo, “Integrated fares allow riders to use Transpo passes on the new Yellow Line which should increase transit ridership, and opens up many more destinations and employment opportunities for our riders.”
The public is encouraged to visit www.interurbantrolley.com/yellow_line for full details of the proposed service change and to provide any comments on the new proposed route.
There will be two opportunities for interested parties to discuss the proposed Yellow Line Connector:
• Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library (downtown), 209 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka
• Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Elkhart Public Library (downtown), 300 South Second Street, Elkhart
The two locations are both easily accessible using public transportation. All Interurban Trolley routes stop at the downtown Transfer Center, one block south of the Elkhart Library. Transpo Route 9 stops directly in front of the Mishawaka Library, with routes 1, 15A, and 15B stopping one-block away.