It took six votes spread over an hour-and-a-half of rancorous debate Wednesday night for the Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority to distribute most of its remaining funds to seven area transit agencies.
North Township continues to lay plans to expand its dial-a-ride bus service and in the meantime is partnering with Gary Public Transportation Corp. to provide some stop-gap services.
Tom Phillips, 35, and Jared Forte, 38, also have something else in common. They both got their start in the industry in Northwest Indiana. And they say it's not difficult to figure out why the wheels came off the Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority's easygo Lake Transit bus service in June.
The Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority board of the directors voted Monday to extend Executive Director Tim Brown's contract through the end of the year.
Contact information is scarce and some riders remain confused eight weeks after establishment of a patch-work transport system to serve people with disabilities and seniors formerly riding with the closed easygo Lake Transit.
The Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority appeared to disband and then resurrect itself within the space of 20 minutes at a special meeting Wednesday night.
Local transit officials admitted Wednesday that hundreds of paratransit riders will lose that service in the former easygo Lake Transit territory.
HAMMOND | Gary Public Transportation Corp. and Illinois-based PACE have made changes to create a transit corridor for bus transfers near the Strack & Van Til supermarket on Sibley Street.
Surviving area transit agencies and other groups are striving to fill the gap in bus services for people with disabilities that will occur when easygo Lake Transit buses stop running at the end of this month.
Bus drivers and others at easygo Lake Transit have been told they could be laid off by June 30 if no local funding is found to rescue the sinking Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority.
The Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority plans to have bus riders urge the Lake County Council at its May 15 meeting to save local bus service.
With the clock ticking down to closure for the Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority, its biggest backer has stepped up with an offer to again provide "gap" funding for the agency.
Free buses will be provided after a rally at the Hammond Civic Center on Thursday that's planned to drum up support for the cash-strapped Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority.
A public hearing on the impending June 30 shut down of easygo Lake Transit buses will take place this week and will be followed two weeks later by a rally to drum up support for the cash-strapped service.
The Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority will use two hearings announcing it will cease operations at the end of June to rally public support for both emergency and long-term funding.
The first of several Northwest Indiana bus service expansions fueled by new federal grants will kick off Jan. 4 when easygo Lake Transit restores every-half-hour service during peak travel times on its Red and Green routes.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and the Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority have been working on a plan for state legislation that would direct a portion of existing casino revenues to the bus agency in order to keep region buses running.
Tim Brown, executive director of the Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Agency, moderates a public hearing Wednesday in Hammond about proposed changes to the easygo Lake Transit Service.
Hammond resident Raymond Fletcher addresses the crowd Wednesday at a public hearing in Hammond about proposed changes to the easygo Lake Transit Service.
Nancy Ebert, of Hammond, voices her concerns Wednesday at a public hearing at the Hammond Public Library about proposed cuts to the easygo Lake Transit Service.
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