VALPARAISO | Riders on the ChicaGo Dash will soon have a new place to wait for their bus.
A glass, heated shelter will be erected in the Dash lot on the west side of Campbell Street as soon as a concrete pad can be poured for it, Valparaiso Planning Director Tyler Kent said. Kent said the 12-by-29.5-foot shelter also will have a dozen bike racks mounted on the walls inside it.
The base will be poured when the city's sidewalk contractor is doing sidewalk work in the area. The city already has the shelter, which cost $29,056 from federal stimulus funds. The bike lockers already located at the station will remain along with the new bike racks.
Valparaiso rents space in the Franklin House for $1,397.50 a month for Dash riders. Once the shelter is up, it will no longer need to rent space. Kent said the new shelter will still have coffee for riders but no restrooms.
The new shelter is expected to be installed in the next 30 to 60 days. The city is seeking proposals for a consultant to find a new location for the Transportation Oriented District where the station is located. The new location must be in the downtown, and the new shelter can be moved to the new location.
The Dash added a fourth bus to the service in April and had an average weekday ridership of 106 in each direction for the month, the highest average so far. Ridership numbers for May are not yet available. The Dash is an express commuter service to Chicago's Loop.