Intercity bus service will return to LaPorte on Wednesday when Baron's Bus Lines starts a new route connecting LaPorte with eight other Indiana communities.
The new route will have end points of Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, but Baron's Vice President John Goebel is emphasizing LaPorte customers can connect to almost anywhere in the United States via Baron's connections with Greyhound Lines.
"We are excited to be bringing intercity bus service back to LaPorte," Goebel said. "The buses will be first-class vehicles with all the amenities."
Those amenities include Wi-Fi, power outlets and flat screens. All buses are accessible in accord with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Baron's.
For the first two weeks, all fares for passengers departing LaPorte will be just $1 to celebrate the return of intercity bus service, Goebel said. The $1 fare is for LaPorte departures only. LaPorte has not had multi-state, intercity bus service in decades.
The LaPorte stop will be at the Best Western, 444 Pine Lake Ave. The Chicago-bound run will stop there at 8:30 a.m. and the eastbound Columbus run will stop there at 5:50 p.m.
There is a flag stop in Burns Harbor, but plans for selling tickets there have not yet been finalized, Goebel said.
Among the nine Indiana stops on the new route are Fort Wayne and Nappanee. In all, Baron's passengers can connect to 60 locations in Indiana and 3,800 across the United States, Mexico and Canada.