Gary Public Transportation buses looking at potential service changes

The Gary Public Transportation Corp. will host a public event Wednesday to announce a starting date for its new Broadway Metro Express service.

John J. Watkins, The Times, fille

Gary Public Transportation Corp. officials will announce the launch date and service schedules for the bus line's new Broadway Metro Express during a public event Wednesday at Gary Metro Center.

The event, set to begin at 3:30 p.m., will also include presentations on a new mobile fare payment program and other events surrounding launch of the express route.

The Broadway Metro Express "will reduce travel times, increase frequency and bring sustainable features to Broadway," according to GPTC.

The line will run 11 miles from Metro Center through Merrillville to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville, with service every 20 minutes.

The service has 17 stops and includes new feeder lines, also to be announced Wednesday. The state's Broadway rehabilitation project this year included bus lanes and new shelters at stops.

Broadway Metro Express operations are initially being funded through a U.S. Department of Transportation grant. Merrillville is funding a new Merrillville Shuttle.

The project's capital cost of $9.5 million was funded by Gary, Merillville, the Gary Stormwater District, Legacy Foundation and INDOT.

The Broadway Metro Express project is part of a larger Livable Broadway initiative. Visit www.livablebroadway.com for information on both.

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Transportation reporter

Andrew covers transportation, real estate, casinos and other topics for The Times business section. A Crown Point native, he joined The Times in 2014, and has more than 15 years experience as a reporter and editor at Region newspapers.